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The world’s premier festival for the barber community is coming to Maspeth this weekend.

On June 10 and 11, haircutting professionals from around the world will descend on to the Knockdown Center, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave., for Barbercon, a gathering where barbers of all skill levels can learn from the best in the business.

Barbercon originally started in 2016 as a live networking event for Barbershopconnect, the first social site exclusively for barbers. This year, the festival is expanding to two days to bring together thousands of high-profile and amateur barbers, cosmetologists and brands from across the globe.

“There is a culture surrounding the craft of barbering that has really grown over the past several years,” said Lee Resnick, founder of Barbercon. “Barbershopconnect’s Instagram page has over a million followers now, and while we started Barbercon first and foremost as an educational opportunity for aspiring barbers to learn from the best in the business, we have seen it evolve into a lifestyle event with individuals and brands outside of the barbering space.”

Barbercon will have three stages that will showcase live haircutting tutorials and product demonstrations. The festival will also feature educational classes, an indoor/outdoor Barbercon Marketplace, an outdoor festival area with artisanal food trucks, drinks, games and music, a barber themed art gallery and a VIP lounge with a private bar, gift bags and more.

The prestigious Barbercon Awards will be handed during the festival as well.

The festival will take place from 3 to 10 p.m. each day. Tickets are available at www.barbercon.com.

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