Make-A-Wish Vermont is a wonderful organization that has granted wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions for more than 30 years. (We were lucky enough to take one of these kids fly fishing a few years ago.) For the past three years, MAWV has hosted the Vermont Beardies–a fundraiser that showcases bristles, flavor-savors, crumb-catchers, and muzzle-lashings–and asks folks to vote on the best beards by donating to the organization. This year, Orvis is fielding a team–that’s our founder, Charles F. Orvis, and his impressive whiskers in the photo above–and we’re launching a contest to promote it.

Justin Powell of Orvis Atlanta sets a pretty high bar for Team Orvis.

There are two ways you can enter:

  1. Simply share the Team Orvis page on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #orvisbeardies (note: you must make the post public so we can see it!), or
  2. Join team Orvis by entering your facial hair in the Vermont Beardies contest. (Hit the “Enter Your Beard!” button and follow the directions.) Who knows? You might even win!

The contest runs from today through Friday, March 8. After the contest closes, we’ll pick three random winners! The winners will be announced after we’ve made contact with them all.

Here are the prizes:

First Place: A Helios 3 Fly Rod of your choice.

So enter either way–sharing to Facebook or joining the team–or both ways to double your chances of winning a prize. But keep in mind that the real winners will be sick kids who will get a chance to forget their illnesses for a while and enjoy something they’ve always wanted to do.

Click here for the full contest rules and conditions.

The sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the USA who are 18 or older. (We apologize to our readers in Canada and overseas; Click here for an explanation of why we have to do this.)

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