Monday, May 25, 2009

The World Beard and Mustache Championships: The Main Event

I don't even know where to start. The World Beard and Mustache Championships was a lot of fun and was quite the spectacle as one might imagine. We were even able to meet some of the contestants, some of whom we remembered from the beard parade. Above is a picture of us and Jack Passion, who is now the 2-time defending world champion in the Natural Full Beard category. It was kind of weird meeting him not only as I had imagined that he was taller, but also because at 25 he is much younger than most of the competitors and younger than both Adria and I.

Here is Adria with Ted Sedman who is the 4-time defending champion in the Fu Manchu category. You can here him talking about his Fu Manchu in this video from the 2003 World Championships.

Here we are with some more competitors. The guy on the left is Jeremy Felton, who took first place in the Alaskan Whaler category. Perhaps because it was a new category, or perhaps because the championships were held in Alaska, the top 3 finishers in this category were all Alaskans.

Here is Adria with a group of German contestants. She is standing between the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the Full Beard Freestyle category. The one on the left got 1st in the Dali Mustache category.

Thomas and Isaiah both seemed to like the contest, although Thomas spent most of his time pushing the stroller back and forth

We also saw the man who told us "Beards, not bombs" at the parade. We got confirmation that his beard was wire augmented.

Other notes:
  • The winner of the Garbaldi category claimed to have been working on his since since merely October
  • The third place finisher in the Imperial Mustache category said that when he decided to compete he looked at some pictures of the beard winners and realized that we couldn't match up with that, so he grew a mustache instead.
  • The competition was held on the third floor of a downtown convention center. At roughly the same time on the first floor of the convention center, Cedric The Entertainer had a show. I was walking behind the 2nd place finisher in the Freestyle Mustache category when he walked past a couple on their way to see Cedric. Their reaction to his mustache was priceless.
  • Jack Passion being declared the natural full beard champion was met with a thunderous roar from the crowd. After the roar subsided, Jack announced that it was his beard's sixth birthday and the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to his beard, which is named affectionately "Big Red"

Other interesting Links about the Championship:


  1. This is one of the weirdest and yet most interesting things I've seen. Thanks for the pictures!

  2. You both look in awe of the facial hair. If only Garth could grow a full beard, he could look forward to entering. We miss you guys!

  3. Garth refuses to go longer than 6 days without shaving, even when I encourage him to. What you see in the pictures is the 6th day. And sadly, even though we have been looking forward to this for 3 years, I'm sure it wouldn't have been enough for him to compete with Jack. And honestly I wasn't that excited about this thing until I saw some of the beards up close-I got almost as crazy as Garth. I actually told Jack Passion that we were "Huge Fans." Besides the Moose Drop Festival, I'm not sure what can compare to this in the "What just happened?" category.

  4. wow! that looks like an amazing time. i'm actually really jealous, i love crazy stuff like that! what a lifestyle.