Barber Battle

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Serrandon Redmon holds the A+ Elite Championship belt while getting a cut by Terry Gouard at A+ Cutz' new location, 1911 E. Main.

DANVILLE — If the third time’s the charm, what is the fourth?

Terry Gouard is about to find out as the fourth annual Barber & Beauty Battle of Central Illinois is set to take place this weekend.

“Last year went real well,” Gouard said. “We probably doubled our attendance. We had a lot of barbers come, and a lot more are talking about coming. Everybody’s excited about it.”

Gouard said the event has become so popular in the barber community that it has been dubbed the barbers’ All-Star Weekend.

The Barber & Beauty Battle is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Laura Lee Fellowship, 212 E. Williams St., Danville.

Saturday’s events are geared toward students in the industry. Gouard said that there was just one section devoted to them last year, and those spots sold out.

This year there’s a lot more opportunity to showcase their up-and-coming talents.

“It’s good promotion for the schools,” Gouard said. “It allows them to see where their students are, and give them a little bragging rights.”

Students will compete for the titles of Best Student Fast Fade, Best Student Design, Best Student Total Look and The Master and the Student — a tag-team event in which the student will work with a mentor or teacher from school.

Gouard expects more than 25-plus entering in the student competition this year; an increase from 14 the year before.

There will also be an after party from 11 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.

No, Sunday’s event “The MacGyver,” isn’t about creating the sweetest 80s Mullet — but it is a reference to the television show in which a special agent can build or fix anything with the most basic of materials. This event allows the barber to use only a clipper and a trimmer and a comb.

“Old school,” Gouard said. “That’s it.”

Other Sunday events include Scissor Hands, Rep Your City Tag Team, Queen Barber of Central Illinois, Freestyle Graphics, Fast Fade and A+ Elite Stylist.

And of course, the overall champion gets to take home this year’s championship belt and $1,000 cash.

“It’s funny because the person that won in 2017 didn’t place last year at all,” he said. “He was kind of upset. The guy that won in 2018, they’re gonna go at it this year.”

The event is open to the public to watch. Cost is $15 at the door. More than 20 vendors will be available.

"We just want everyone to come out and to thank our sponsors," Gouard said. "We love our sponsors."

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