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Dec 24, 2022

Talking Beards revisited Brian Thompson  to see how his campaign to save his beard and help raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU went.  Brian was on a quest to raise some money for the  Children’s Hospital of Richmond  by "selling" votes to either shave his beard or continue growing it. The RVA Beard League have teamed up with Brian to help him with his quest and  established a website for everyone to go to to donate and get information.  The website is 

Brian's article in The News & Advance

Honest Amish held their annual "No Shave November" photo contest which received hundreds of submissions.  One of those entries was a Travis Smith, no relation to the director Kevin.  Travis' beard ended up being voted Best Overall and won some really great prizes compliments of Honest Amish.  Beginning his competitive beard journey just this past year, Travis has found himself on the lucky side of beard competitions!  the No shave November contest was voted on by a panel of employees at Honest Amish who found Travis to have the best maintained, best looking beard out of all of the submissions.  We at Talking Beards congratulate Travis on his spectacular beard and wish him the best of luck on his facial hair journey.  Keep your eyes peeled next year as Honest Amish will continue with their yearly tradition of the No Shave November on-line beard contest.  Follow Talking Beards for more information on this fun contest for all beards and mustaches around the world!!!

Our good friend Brad Petrenic joins us to talk about the Murder City Facial Hair Crew being accepted into the WBMA. The World Beard and Mustache Association in the Oversight Committee for the Biennial World Beard and Moustache Championships. They encourage the worldwide appreciation of beards and moustaches and believe that all facial hair related events should encourage friendship among those with facial hair and those who appreciate it.  We also talked with Brad about their yearly competition that recently took place in Detroit, Circus of Whiskers.  The Murder City Facial hair Crew, which Brad is the president of, were recently awarded the 2024 Great American Beard and Moustache Championships, and we talked about their initial preparation and plans.   Brad is also famous for his yearly Christmas cards and we talked a lot about the story behind how all that began.   Please feel to view any link below for more information on any of the topics that were talked about in the show!

World Beard and Mustache Association

Murder City Facial Hair Crew

The Great American Beard & Moustache Championship


Honest Amish

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