elks rodeoSanta Maria, CA – May 26, 2016 – It’s time for the Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler Contests judging to begin!

Sponsored by Santa Maria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Central Coast Distributing, the Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler Contests will take place on Saturday, May 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $20.00 and includes a meal of barbequed beef ribs. Doors open at 5:30 PM, Dinner will be served from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM and judging begins at 6:30PM. Come out to the lodge and cheer on your favorite participant.

Contestants in the Beard Contest will compete for custom-made silver belt buckles in twelve ‘whisker’ growing categories, which include: longest beard, blackest beard, whitest beard, reddest beard, best goatee, best mustache, best sideburns, best attempt, wildest, best western characterization, ladies’ choice and best All-Around.

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. Entry fee is $20.00 and includes dinner.

For more information or tickets to the Beard-A-Reno dinner and dance, please 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!




About Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade

The Elks Recreation Foundation was established in 1943 when it held its first fundraising event, a dance at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. They used the funds raised from that event to stage the first Elks Rodeo in 1944. The initial two day event was preceded each day by a mounted parade from the Vet’s Memorial Building to the Santa Maria Fairgrounds. The first Rodeo netted Elks Recreation nearly $3000.00 that first year and a long history of fundraising to support local youth sports and recreation was born. Since that time, Elks Recreation, Inc. has distributed over $10,931,837.97 to local youth programs through our Annual Elks Queen Contest.