Providing Inspiration for Helldorado Days’ Whiskerino Contest

Buckle your belts and dust off your spurs: It’s once again time for Helldorado Days. The rodeo, which debuted in 1934, returns May 14-17, bringing a parade, mutton bustin’ and more Downtown. Among the fun is Saturday’s Whiskerino contest, a tradition honoring unshorn heroes in categories such as Best Mustache, Most Unique Beard and Audience Favorite. As always, the competition will be stiffer than mega-hold wax, so we’ve gathered some famous faces to serve as muses for those vying for that first-place trophy:


James Harden

There’s no bigger beard in sports today than the one gracing the face of the Houston Rockets’ shooting guard. Harden may have been the NBA’s runner-up MVP, but his full mug of fluff remains a winner in our book.


The Men of Duck Dynasty

The ill-fated Duck Commander Musical aside, we recognize these Southern fellas for the sweater-like wool that waterfalls from their cheeks to shoulders. If only all that fur could help keep their mouths closed …


Jon Snow

Yes, he’s a fictional character on HBO’s Game of Thrones. And, yes, there are bushier beards on the continent of Westeros. But Snow’s modest mustache ranks among the best for its subtle and refined respectability.


Burt Reynolds

Forget The Cannonball Run franchise. The actor/director/producer’s career highlight has to be maintaining a ’stache that’s at once been coiffed and rugged for more than four decades. The 79-year-old may have auctioned his personal belongings at the Palms last year, but the playful swagger of his mouth brow can’t be sold.


Hey Reb!

UNLV’s mascot replaced Beauregard, the controversial Confederate wolf, back in 1982. Ever since, Reb’s robust lip broom has been a symbol of school spirit, athletic optimism and facial fortitude.

Helldorado Days is May 14-17 at 100 S. Grand Central Pkwy;