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Steve Holt, winner of the 2015 Fiesta Grande Hairiest Man Contest, hugs friend and competitor Jim Curwood, former parade marshal and owner of Buy My Bikes. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Steve Holt, winner of the 2015 Fiesta Grande Hairiest Man Contest, hugs friend and competitor Jim Curwood, former parade marshal and owner of Buy My Bikes. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association will kick off the 2016 Fiesta de las Golondrinas season with sign-ups on Jan. 2 for the infamous Fiesta Grande Hairiest Man contest. The local nonprofit brings the community an array of events each year during the three-month Fiesta de las Golondrinas, including the Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire—one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parades.

Hairiest Man contest sign-ups begin at noon and close at 3 p.m. at the Swallow’s Inn, located at 31786 Camino Capistrano in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Entry into the contest is $5.  Contestants can show up freshly shaven or receive a free shave compliments of Hair of the Dog Barber Shop. The final moustache/beard judging will take place at the Fiesta Grande on March 9 at the Swallow’s Inn.

The Fiesta Association’s second event of the New Year will be a mixer and membership drive on Jan. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Vintage Steakhouse, located at 26701 Verdugo Street in San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 949.493.1976.

This year’s Swallows Day Parade will take place March 12, a week before the Mission celebrates St. Joseph’s Day/The Return of the Swallows on March 19. For more information on future Fiesta Association events or becoming a member, call 949.493.1976, visit www.swallowsparade.com or follow the association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SwallowsDayParade.

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