Thursday, 9 April 2009

Visit the Mouthtache Championship

Every two years, the owners of the world's most elaborate facial hair come together for the World Beard and Moustache Championships. On May 23, 2009, the championships will return to the United States for the second time in their history, as the City of Anchorage, Alaska plays host to the world's bearded and moustached elite.

This facial-hair celebration is open to everyone and spectators are welcome. The host for this event is the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club which is committed to making the WBMC 2009 the biggest and best ever. Major sponsors include the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The next WBMC takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 23, 2009. Beard Team USA is planning a group trip and you are invited. You don't need a beard or moustache to join the fun. (No boring people please.) Click here for all the info.
Competition will take place in eighteen categories at the WBMC 09. Discerning fans will notice that the categories are heavily weighted toward upper-lip hair, with fully eight of the categories featuring various forms of moustaches, although two of these categories (FuManchu and Musketeer) are included within the "partial beards" subdivision.

This fact alone may well allow Germany to continue its domination of the WBMC despite the large number of truly outstanding beards and moustaches BTUSA members have grown for America. Having invented the game and defined the rules, the German clubs and their members tend to grow facial hair designed to conform to a specific model as defined by the category descriptions. Meanwhile for most BTUSA members facial hair is more an expression of individuality and non-conformity, so members are encouraged to grow the hair they like best and then enter the category where they happen to fit. Since moustaches like the "Dali" and "English" are not the choice of very many Americans, it would be unrealistic for BTUSA to be truly competitive in all of the categories. Nevertheless, we are hoping to make our best showing ever.

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