Original article from the Vancouver Sun can be read here
A contestant displays his facial hair prior to the World and Moustache Championships at the Brighton Centre on September 1, 2007 in Brighton, England.
World Beard and Moustache Championships
Published: Monday, September 03, 2007LONDON — Some of the most stylish fuzzy faces from across the globe gathered in Britain on Saturday to do battle over their beards.
The World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007 saw a wealth of the planet’s most bizarre facial hairstyles congregating in Brighton on the southern English coast.
Some 250 competitors from Britain, Germany, the United States and many other countries were on parade on the seafront for the biennial event.
“Everybody has got a smile on their faces. It’s a whole day of seeing amazing facial hair,” said organiser Steve Parsons of London-based group The Handlebar Club. He insisted facial hair was growing in popularity.
“It has been a dying breed but they seem to be on the increase, moustaches. It’s picking up in younger men,” he insisted.
Competitors were vying for the tankard with a moustache shield that comes with victory.
Categories of moustache included: Natural, English, Dali, Imperial, Hungarian and Freestyle. Partial Beard categories were Natural Goatee, Chinese, Musketeer, Imperial, Freestyle and Sideburns Freestyle.
For full beards, competitors battled it out in the Verdi, Garibaldi, Natural Full, Natural Full with Styled Moustache and Freestyle categories.
“The freestyle beard is probably the most spectacular one because basically, as the name suggests, it’s freestyle, so you can do anything you like,” Parsons said, according to the BBC.
“For example, at the last championships in Berlin, one of the competitors there actually styled his beard in the shape of the Brandenburg Gate with horses and flags and everything.”
This time round, one man waxed his into the shape of Brighton Pier.
As well as awarding prizes to the finest fuzz going, the championships are also to encourage and celebrate standards of excellence in the growth, design and presentation of facial hair.
The next championships take place in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2009.