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Benefiting the Syracuse Polish Home Foundation historic Brunswick Lanes.

"It's time to reopen the lanes!"

- Ron Wolek


Beard & Mustache Contest!

$20 Entry. Presented by Doc Good Beard, categories for Beards, Mustaches, Gotees, Whaler Beards, Musketeer Beards, Side Burns, and Whiskerinas. Open to all genders. Compete in person or Online. (for more details on categories click here)


Mustache Growing Contest!

$2.50 Entry. 71th Anniversary of the 1953 Hank Wolek Mustache Club. Start growing now! Online contest only.


Special Thanks to our Community Sponsors

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Event Information

April 6th, 2024 will be the 71th anniversary of the original Syracuse beard contest event from 1953 by club founder Hank Wolek. Beards-men from around central New York and beyond are being recruited for the memorial contest to save Hank’s beloved Polish Home Brunswick Lanes. You can also attend and contribute by attending our awards banquet. Outside vendors are also welcome to attend by becoming a sponsor.
Take the train to Syracuse, NY
Using the Amtrak Northshore Limited, travel is easy to join the contest from Boston, New York City, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago. Amtrak Website
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Date: April, 8th 2023
Venue: Syracuse Polish Home Banquet Hall
dress: 915 Park Ave, Syracuse, NY U.S.A.
Event Schedule

10am - Competition Registration opens. 


12pm - Competition Judging begins.


5pm - Banquet & Awards Ceromony.


Competition Info

About the Contest Scoring

The contest is being governed by standards as recommended by the NACBMC guidelines for beard, mustache, and facial hair competitions and judged by an independent panel of uniquely qualified judges.

Meet The Judges

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Judge #1

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Judge #2

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Judge #3

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Judge #3

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Rob Synakowski

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President Emeritus, Syracuse Polish Home Foundation, Judge #5

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Judge #6

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Ron Wolek

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Score Keeper, Hank's grandson, President of Hank's Mustache & Beard Club, Hollywood Beard Maker.

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Andrew Mango

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Contest Officiator, Vice President of Hank's Mustache & Beard Club, Judge #7

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Syracuse, NY aka SALT CITY, USA.

The Hank Wolek 70th Beard & Mustache Contest is coming back to beautiful Syracuse, New York!


This exciting event brings talented competitors from all over the world together to celebrate the best and most distinctive facial hair styles.


No matter where you choose to stay, you'll be close enough to experience all the excitement and fun this contest has to offer. So come join us in celebrating Hank Wolek's 70th year and take part in one of the most unique competitions around!

About the Venue...

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Hank Wolek beard and mustache competition in the historic 1919 Syracuse Polish Home Banquet Hall. 

Featuring two bars and lounges, a stage, and banquet hall large enough for dancing. 

Underneath is the historic Brunswick Bowling lane and the event will benefit the Syracuse Polish Home Foundations efforts to re-open these antique lanes.

Contest History...

This is the 70th anniversary of the original Syracuse facial hair club Hank's Mustache Club's contest. In 1953 the contest was held at Hank's Cafe on Marcellus Street in downtown Syracuse, NY. The event was popular and covered the Syracuse Post Standard journalists. As per tradition, men grew mustaches and beards during lent and the were rewarded with a clam bake.


Hank Wolek

In Memory of a Syracuse Champion

All-star Syracuse Athlete Hank Wolek made headlines throughout the late 40's and the 50's by giving back and sponsoring local Salt City sports and in 1953 his pioneer mustache club made headlines in the Syracuse Post Standard.


On the 70th anniversary of the article, Honest Amish & Hank's grandson, Ron Wolek are bringing the world class beard competition back to Syracuse as a tribute to Hank with a contest and dinner banquet at the Syracuse Polish Home. Proceeds will benefit bringing back the Syracuse Polish Home foundations effort to restore its historic Brunswick Lanes, where Hank trained to become a champion.


Beard Care!