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About the Beard-A-Reno

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The festivities for the 80th Annual Elks Rodeo will kick off with the time-honored tradition of the Beard-A-Reno Contest. According to this year’s Chairman, Chuck Biely, entrants may enter the contest at the Elks Rodeo Office, located at 2325 Skyway Drive, Suite H in Santa Maria starting Monday, February 20th at 9:00 am through Friday, April 7th at 5:00 pm. All category winners will be awarded at the official dinner on Saturday, May 20th starting at 4:30 pm.

A custom-made silver belt buckle will be awarded to the winners of the 7 ‘whisker’ growing categories, which include: Longest Beard, Blackest Beard, Whitest Beard, Reddest Beard, Best Mustache, Best Attempt, and Best All-Around.

  • All beard-growing entrants must be 21 years of age or older
  • All beard-growing entrants must be clean-shaven at the time of registration. Mustaches are exempt and do NOT need to be shaved.
  • Registration fee for all entrants is $30.00 and includes a BBQ beef rib dinner, beans, salad, and entertainment.
  • All persons will be required to show valid ID at the entrance.

General public tickets for the Beard-A-Reno dinner will also go on sale Monday, February 20th. To purchase tickets go to We recommend getting tickets early as it usually sells out quickly! We wouldn’t want you to miss the excitement of the 61st Annual Elks Beard-A-Reno!

In tribute to 61 years of the Beard A Reno contest the Santa Maria Elks Lodge will be giving a complimentary dinner ticket to the first 25 past winners that show up at the Elks Recreation office during regular business hours with their Winning Buckle!

For more information call the Elks Recreation Office at 805-925-4125 or visit

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