The proud Festival du Voyageur tradition of pitting facial hair against facial hair continued for the 36th time in 2016. The venue was packed full of excited people decked out in sashes and fur hats bellowing “Heho!” at every opportunity. Scattered throughout the room were men (and women!) with jaw-dropping facial hair of every colour, texture, and length imaginable.
Although the night was full of carefree jigging, wild moustaches, and an overall feeling of light-hearted fun, the competition was for a greater cause. Participants in the Clean Shaven Competition, who had their faces freshly shaved in mid-December and were judged on their two-months worth of growth, gathered donations from family and friends for their cause. This year, the competitors raised over $2,000 worth of donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.