Festival Deux Voyageur

Festival1 Festival3 Festival2 Festival4 Festival 5Yesterday, I spent my evening in a gymnasium filled with ceinture flèche’s, hot pea soup and some of the best beards in Winnipeg. I’m, of course, talking about the Festival Du Voyageur’s annual beard competition!

It’s that special time of year when men from all over the city gather in St. Boniface to celebrate their robust facial hair. While the event isn’t particularly glamourous, the competition is pretty stiff (I’m so punny).

This probably has something to do with the amount of testosterone in the room, and the number of Manitoba Facial Hair Club members that enter the contest — the club where the most serious beards hobbyists hang out. Aside from some mean mugging and friendly jabs, the competition is really fantastic to watch, especially if you’re into guys that look like Voyageurs.

For the second year in a row, my handsome boyfriend took home the top prize in the novelty beard category. The novelty beards aren’t necessarily the biggest beards but they are the fanciest thanks to some expert hot ironing and a generous amount of hairspray.

The other categories include a beard race to see who can grow the best beard in two months, the Voyageur or wild and wooly beards, and an open category for those of us who can’t grow magnificent face manes, i.e. women.

The last category is a new addition this year which made for some pretty creative entrants. My favourite was a faux beard equipped with a handle that, when turned, made a canoe full of miniature Voyageurs start rowing!

Now that the beard competition is fully inclusive I think it would be hilarious if I entered next year, but until then I’m proud to call myself Mrs. Beardyman 2014.

My Beardyman

Beardy backbeard _1080956 _1080960 _1080966 Mommsa _1080977 _1090015 wild beardSomething that I didn’t know until several months ago, is that Festival du Voyageur has several different manly competitions during its 10 day run. One of which being a Beard-Off (or on, I don’t know). Anyways I became enlightened of the competition when my boyfriend stopped shaving his face last year and started claiming he was growing a beard for Festival. Regardless of the reason I’m down with the facial hair so I never complained, and I’m glad that I didn’t.

As of last Friday my man took home the top prize for groomed beard in Festival’s annual beard competition, and I am now dating a Winnipeg celebrity! It’s not that glamourous an award, but it was a ton of fun to watch and get a bunch of people out to cheer for my beardy man.

Partial photocred to Robert Tinker!

Festival Du Voyageur – Part 2

sign forg period no parking drinks festivalThese pics are from the last day of Festival so forgive the silliness, this was day three of partying like frenchman (and frenchwomen…). I had a bunch of fun making my first gif for this post! The large selection of photos I had of my boyfriends buddy photo bombing my shots made it hard to choose, so I didn’t! I hope it doesn’t give you a headache (you might have to click on it to make it work). One more post and then we’re fini for the weekend!

Festival Du Voyageur – Part 1

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Festival Du Voyageur is a ten day festival held every February in Winnipeg’s francophone neighbourhood. There’s french music, food and drink, as well as mazes, tobogganing, sleigh rides, ice sculptures and various competitions (more on that later). This was the first year in recent memory where I’ve made time to see as much of Festival