I had started growing my beard back in February in preparation for this event, but I never achieved the competition level growth I needed to get up on stage.
It looks like they are selling out this event and ticket’s aren’t going to available at the door. Also, there’s this from the latest email announcement:
if you know anyone who is interested in competing, or want to compete yourself (there are categories for “artificial” and “patchy”), then go here and sign up: http://nycbeard.com. we’re almost out of spaces, and we’d like to have as many friends as possible on stage.