The Ballarat Beard & Stache Competition 2021

Who: The Ballarat Beard & Moustache Union

Event Description

The Ballarat Beard & Stache Competition is an annual event celebrating all forms of facial hair.

This year’s competition will be held on Saturday 4 September due to COVID lock down on the original date (Saturday 29 May).

There’s a category for everyone (online, coming soon! and in person) whether it be a perfectly styled moustache or a beard big enough to get caught in your pants!

Registrations will remain open until the new competition date and all current registrations will still be valid for the new competition date.

Hosted at the iconic Hop Temple, you’ll find an array of entertainment for competitors and spectators alike including live music, craft beer and plenty of delicious food.

The Ballarat Beard & Stache Competition is a highlight of the Ballarat Heritage Festival and showcases the rich history of Ballarat, its bearded pioneers and modern-day legends!


Hop Temple, 24 Armstrong St N, Ballarat Central VIC 3350


Saturday 4th September


Doors open 12noon, Competition commences at 1pm




Register Below


All ages


All accessibility access


Full Beard

20cm to infinity!

As nature intended – full facial hairiness in all its glory.

Full Beard

10cm to 20cm

As nature intended – full facial hairiness in all its medium length glory.

Verdi Beard

Styled and under 10cm

Full and round Beard with Moustache styling encouraged

Partial Beard

Any form of facial hair with a section shaved out. (eg. Goatees, flavour savers, chops, sideburns, etc)


Top lip coverage only, styling encouraged.

Just for Fun

We’re holding a freestyle showcase for Ladies, Gentlemen and Children who want to display some creativity! Prizes and giveaways for those that dare to show some flair! (Faux Beards, Products and styling allowed.)


  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
  • Max. file size: 32 MB.

* Please note: 

Your personal information is being collected by City of Ballarat for the purpose of processing your entry into Ballarat’s Beard & Stache Competition 2021. Your information will be stored in Council’s Customer Database and used to select the winner of the competition and for marketing and research purposes. For further information on how your personal information is handled, refer to Council’s Privacy Policy at 

Terms & Conditions

Completion of the Entry Procedure and participation in this Competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

This Competition is being promoted by the City of Ballarat 

Any questions or comments regarding the Competition should be directed to:

Competition Period in person
Commences at:  4 September 2021, 12 noon
Ends at:  4 September 2021, at event conclusion

Selection of Winner(s): At the end of the competition period, the prize winner(s) will be determined by 3 external judges chosen by the promoter for their relevant expertise.  Winner(s) will be contacted in writing for the online category with further details. Winner(s) will be contacted in person at the live event.     

Prize: One Winner and One Runner Up will be chosen for each individual category.


Employees (and their immediate families) of the City of Ballarat are ineligible to enter. 

City of Ballarat reserves the right, at any time, to verify the eligibility of an Entrant and to disqualify any Entrant that does not meet the Eligibility Criteria.


This Competition is a game of ‘skill’ and winners will be determined by 2 external judges chosen by the promoter for their relevant experience. Judging will be based on quality of beard, fullness of beard, colour, length and other relevant criteria, all based on photograph submitted as part of the entry 

To enter, eligible persons must complete the Entry Procedure during the Competition Period.

Entries not completed in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will be rejected and any late, incomplete, indecipherable or illegible Entries will be deemed invalid. Entries will be deemed accepted at the time of receipt by City of Ballarat and not at the time of transmission.

Entrants are limited to the one per Entrant. Where an Entrant attempts to submit more than one Entry, all additional or subsequent Entry(s) will be ineligible for a Prize.

Consents and warranties on entry

Entrants agree to their Entry being used by City of Ballarat in the future and grant them a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable and sub-licensable transferable licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish and display the Entry for any purpose in any media without compensation, restriction on use, attribution or liability. Entrants warrant that they have full authority to grant these rights and will not assert any moral rights in respect of the Entry.

Entrants warrant and agree that:

They will not submit, produce, upload or share any content that is fraudulent, or may be in breach of any intellectual property, privacy or other rights;

No rights in the Entry have been previously granted to any person, corporation or entity;

They will obtain full prior consent from any person who has jointly created or has any rights in the Entry or who appears (or who’s property appears) in the content forming part of the Entry;

Without limiting the above, the Entrant indemnifies City of Ballarat against all loss, damages and costs incurred by City of Ballarat as a result of any breach of the above warranties.

Entrants understand, acknowledge and agree that:

Their Entry (or parts thereof) may be posted on the Competition Website and City of Ballarat websites and is available for public viewing; and

By participating in this Competition, information, links or names may be displayed on the social media pages of City of Ballarat.

Their personal details will be added to the City of Ballarat email database for the purpose of contact for future promotions and Council information


The winner(s) will be judged on Saturday 4th September, 2021 at Hop Temple, Armstrong St, Ballarat. The judges’ decision will be final.

Winner(s) will be contacted in writing for the online category with further details. Winner(s) will be contacted in person at the live event.

If City of Ballarat is unable to contact a Winner after making all reasonable efforts, or the Winner does not claim their Prize by June 30th, 2021 then that Winner will forfeit their Prize and no prize will be awarded in lieu.

It is an Entrant’s responsibility to notify City of Ballarat if their personal details change during the Competition Period. If a Winner fails to provide a valid or complete address for delivery of the Prize, or delivery has not been successful to an address provided (after reasonable attempts by City of Ballarat) the Prize shall be forfeited by the Winner.

Prizes are not transferrable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. A prize may only be substituted if the substituted prize is of the same or greater value than the original prize and the winner either agrees in writing, or the original prize is unavailable due to circumstances beyond the control of the City of Ballarat and reasonable attempts are made to reach agreement with the winner that are unsuccessful.

Limitation of Liability

To the extent permitted by law, City of Ballarat (and their respective officers, contractors, employees, agents and representatives) will not be liable for any personal injury, loss (including loss of opportunity), damage (including, but not limited to, direct, indirect or consequential loss), cost, expense or claim arising from or in relation to the Competition:

Variation to Competition

City of Ballarat may in its absolute discretion, but subject to State and Territory laws, modify, suspend, cancel, recommence or extend this Competition as appropriate if:

for any reason, this Competition is not capable of running as planned due to technical, hardware or software failures or interferences, or changes to third party sites or platforms, which affect the administration, operation, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Competition;

the level of interest or participation in the Competition is insufficient or there has been some delay in commencing the Competition; or

the Entry Procedure, determination of Winners or delivery of Prizes is prevented hindered or affected by any external agent or event beyond the reasonable control of City of Ballarat.

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