Winners of the 51st annual Beard-A-Reno were plucked from a field of 71 contestants Saturday night at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.
Judging began promptly at 6:30 p.m. with winners of the whisker-growing contest picked for 12 categories including the longest, blackest, whitest, reddest and wildest. Others were named best all-around, best ongoing mustache, greatest goatee, top sideburns, best Western characterization along with most original and best attempt.
Besides earning bragging rights, each winner was awarded a custom-made silver belt buckle.
Clean-shaven contestants began their growth in February.
Ten women also entered the Miss Wrangler contest.
The Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler contests are some of the events leading up to the 67th annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo from June 3 through 6 at the Santa Maria Elks/Unocal Event Center.
Rodeo tickets are available at the Rodeo Office inside the Elks Lodge or by calling 925-4125.
Check back on Tuesday for a complete list of winners.