The festivities for the 2014 Elks Rodeo officially kick-offed today with the time-honored traditions of the Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler Contests, presented by Santa Maria Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.   According to this year’s Chairman John Maretti, entrants may enter the contest at the Elks Rodeo Office starting Monday, February, 10th at 9:00 am through Friday, April 11th at 5:00 pm.

For the Beard Contest a custom-made silver belt buckle will be awarded to the winners of twelve ‘whisker’ growing categories, which include:  longest beard, blackest beard, whitest beard, reddest beard, best goatee, best mustache, best sideburns, best attempt, early beginner, wildest, best western characterization, and best all-around with Central Coast Distributing as a major presenter of the various categories.

  • All contestants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • All contestants must be clean-shaven at the time of registration, unless they are competing in                          the “early beginner” or “mustache” categories.
  • Registration fee is $15 and includes a dinner of BBQ beef ribs, beans, salad and entertainment.

The first ten ladies to enter the Miss Wrangler contest will receive a Wrangler gift certificate, to be redeemed for a pair of Wrangler jeans.  In order to receive the certificate, you must have registered and must attend and participate in the event.

To enter either contest, stop by the Rodeo Office, (inside Elks Lodge #1538) located at 1309 North Bradley Road., in Santa Maria.  The Beard-A-Reno winners will be awarded at the official dinner on Saturday, May 24th starting at 5:30 pm. For tickets to the Beard-A-Reno dinner and dance, contact The Elks Recreation/ Rodeo Office at 925-4125 or stop by 1309 North Bradley Road, Santa Maria.  We recommend getting tickets early as it usually sells out quickly!

• Non contestant dinner tickets will also go on sale beginning Monday, February 10th for $15 each.

• No one under 21 years of age will be permitted to attend the event.

• All persons will be required to show valid ID at the entrance.

Be sure to buy your tickets early. We wouldn’t want you to miss the excitement of the 55th Annual Elks Beard-A-Reno!

For more information call the Elks Recreation Office at (805) 925-4125.