Findlay, OH Bicentennial 2012

Celebrate 200 Years!

Brothers of the Brush


In celebration of Findlay’s Bicentennial, The Hancock Historical Museum announces a beard growing contest to be kicked off March 30th at Findlay's Leisure Living Show. Registrations will be accepted for clean shaven beard growers the weekend of the Leisure Living Show, being held at The Cube on March30, 31 and April 1. Registration will take place at the Hancock Historical Museum's booth. Additional registration will be accepted at Alexandria's on April 2 from 5-7 p.m., and April 2-7 at Michael Eller Jewelers, 2129 Tiffin Ave., Findlay and at Thiel's Wheels, 350 Tarhe Trail in Upper Sandusky. 

Participation in the contest requires an entry fee of $10 for residents of Hancock County and $20 for non-Hancock County residents. Entry entitles the participant to membership in the great society known as the “Brothers of the Brush”. Participants in the Junior Division will be clean shaven prior to registration March 30th through April 7. Men who have established hair growth prior to March 30th will be entered in the Senior Division. Registration for the Senior Division can be taken at the above locations and at the Hancock Historical Museum up until June 25. Judging will take place on June 30th during the Great Race Event in downtown Findlay. 

Prizes will be awarded for the fullest beard, longest beard, best goatee, best mustache, best sideburns, and other surprise categories to be announced. The committee has amassed over $6000 in prize value. Sponsors of the prizes are Michael Eller Jeweler, The Reunion Band, Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., Findlay YMCA, Thiel’s Wheels, Rieck's Gallery, Red Hawk Run, Creative Hair Design, Two of Us - Music Duo, Anderson Robertson Marketing, and The RightThing, an ADP Company. 

Residents may follow the progress of beard growth on the Findlay Bicentennial Facebook page. Progress photo opportunities will be held Friday, May 4th at Anderson Robertson Marketing and Friday, June 8th at Bicentennial Boogie. Participants may also submit photos to the Bicentennial Facebook page wall. 

This contest occurred 50 years ago, during the Findlay Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Membership in the Brothers of the Brush will be recorded by the Hancock Historical Museum as part of the Findlay Bicentennial. All proceeds of the contest will benefit children’s programming at the Hancock Historical Museum. Entry forms are available at the Hancock Historical Museum, Michael Eller Jewelers, Thiel’s Wheels, Rieck’s Gallery and on the Findlay Bicentennial website at 

More information about this and other events regarding Findlay’s Bicentennial is available online at Questions about the Brothers of the Brush can be directed by calling Ann Buis at (419) 348-0281 or email her at


Registration Form

Click here to print off a registration form. Mail form and check (memo: Brothers of the Brush) to:

Hancock Historical Museum
422 West Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840