311 4th St SW, PO Box 895, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(320) 235-1050

Battle of the Beards

A New Fundraiser for 2021

Help Support our Neighbors Fighting the Fight Against Cancer and support your local United Way.

The United Way of West Central Minnesota is proud to partner with four regional barber shops for our first Battle of the Beards Contest. The Hair Hut of Benson, Larry’s Barber and Style of Litchfield, Mac’s Barber Shop of Olivia, and Pep’s Barber Shop and Salon of Willmar need your help raising funds for our neighbors fighting the fight against cancer. By becoming a contestant or making a donation you can make a difference in the lives of those who are affected by cancer in your own community.

The Barbershops are searching for a team of five or more local contestants willing to grow a beard (new or existing) and collect pledges during the month of November. The teams will compete to raise the most in donations both in-person and online, with 50% of each team’s total going to their local cancer support programs. The barbershop generating the most dollars in donations by the end of November will be invited to help determine how the rest of the funds raised will be used as part of the United Way grant distribution team. The contestants will also be placed into one of five competing categories to see who can raise the most in donations from each category. A prize will be awarded to the contestant that raises the most donations in each category.

Five Categories

Neatly trimmed existing beards left to grow wild.


The existing beard turned into a work of art. Handlebar mustache, unique shape, patterns shaved in, etc.

Clean shaven to 30 days growth. Patchy works!

White or gray beards.

Already long beard or long goatee left to grow longer.

How to Show Your Support?

Grow & Wear Your Support

Grab a sticker from any participating barber shop. Spread awareness and help raise funds for the participants.

Click the blue button in the lower right corner.

Allocate your donation to your local barber shop or contestant.

Battle of the Beards Sticker-Cropped

Our Partners

Kevin Ayers of Mac’s Barbershop said “Mac’s Barber shop in Olivia MN is proud to participate and bring some positive attention to our unique small town.”
Larry Ackerman of Larry’s Barber and Style said “I hope we get good participation because there is lots of need for cancer support in our community.”
Willmar - Pep's Barber
Willmar - Pep's
Litchfield - Larry's Barber & Style
Litchfield - Larry's Barber & Style
Olivia - Mac's Barber Shop
Olivia - Mac's Barber Shop
Benson - Hair Hut
Benson - Hair Hut

Sponsored By

For more information or if interested in participating please contact Andrea at 320-403-2448.



Scruff to Fluff

Dave Smith

Leif Anderson

Alex Carlson

Nate Toutges 

Phil Zuehl

John Carlson

Ryan Lundeen

Eric Doering

Chris Patten

Tim Bergstrom

Businessman to Bushman

Matt Kadelback

Jamie Brekke

Steve Ludowese

Josh Keller

Tom Zens

Facial Hair to Facial Flair

Vaughn Anderson

Brian Jones

Senior to Santa

Dennis Gartner


Scruff to Fluff

Dan Enderson

Grant Herfindahl

Senior to Santa

Bruce Holgate

Businessman to Bushman

Brady Olson

Facial hair to Facial Flair

Mike “Nick” Nicholas

Unsheared to Long Beard

Steve Henkel


Scruff to Fluff

Jon Hawkinson

Unsheared to Long Beard

Curt Reese


Businessman to Bushman

David Nelson

Senior to Santa

Pastor Paul McCullough

Facial Hair to Facial Flair

Ben Phillips

Unsheared to Long Beard

Steve Peppin

Eric Mord

Kyle Gunderson