FREETIME: Hot Tomato in Fruita hosts ‘stache fashion competition Nov. 23
WHAT: Manmerica Moustache Beauty Competition
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23
WHERE: Hot Tomato Cafe, 124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita
COST: Free; food and beer will cost ya!
November isn’t just about turkey, gratitude and football these days. It’s also a month where men are encouraged to set down their razors, growing beards and moustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research.
In honor of “Movember,” “No Shave November,” and men’s health, the gals at the Hot Tomato are hosting their first-ever Manmerica Moustache Beauty Pageant Competition on Saturday, Nov. 23.
There, men and their ’staches will compete from 6-8 p.m., and 10 percent of all food and drink sales that day will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Fifteen percent of all merchandise sales will be donated as well.
According to Hot Tomato owner Jen Zeuner, categories of the competition include: Evening wear (“show up looking dapper”); talent-moustache decorating (bedazzling encouraged); lifestyle and fitness (“show us what you got”); and the on-stage question (stay tuned). Judges will score each category, and the competitor with the highest score wins. Prizes will be given to the top three contestants.
“We’ll do a bunch of funny things — best-looking moustache, biggest, bushiest,” she noted.
Admission to this event is free, and there’s no charge to compete.
“Just buy some food and drink some beer,” Zeuner said. “We’ll match what we raise,” with hopes to make a $1,000 donation this month.
Though this fundraising event goes to a national cause, Hot Tomato regularly puts on fundraisers to benefit local causes, too.
Zeuner added: “All of Thanksgiving week, we are closed for our annual trip to the New Belgium Brewery.”
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