With the creative arts event Xpand Fest now entering its third year in downtown Asheville, the minds behind Xpand look to grow their offerings with Keep Asheville Beard. The inaugural competition and fundraiser takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-6 p.m. at the Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top. Categories include Natural Beard, Groomed Beard and Mustache, plus a Freestyle competition in which women and transgender folks are encouraged to partake. A panel of local hair experts and business owners will select winners in each category, and a Beard Czar will also be crowned and receive special privileges for all Xpand events in 2019. Proceeds support Xpand’s efforts “to uplift the creative economy through education/consultations, access to market, networking and community events.” $5. xpandbrand.org. Photo courtesy of event organizers
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