On Saturday, August 17th the Rochester Beardsmen Society hosted the Northeast Regional Beard and Moustache Championships at Water Street Music Hall in downtown Rochester, NY. Competitors from the U.S. and Canada assembled to show off their facial hair and compete in 17 in different categories to determine who’s facial follicles could produce the top ranking tufts…
The first World Beard and Moustache Championship took place in 1990 in Germany and allowed a subculture of facial hair donning men to show off amongst one another. Since then there have been a number of like-faced competitions and clubs that have formed to celebrate all the different styles of facial hair.
More recently, the sport has made its way into the common household thanks to a reality tv show called Whisker Wars , the Mo-vember Campaign , a documentary called Growin’ A Beard , and the worldwide traipsing of World Championship Full Bearder Jack Passion . (By the way, Mellitus from the Austin Facial Hair Club, often featured in the show ‘Whisker Wars’ was here to compete in the Donegal event, but I didn’t get to meet him.)
The competitions are intended to be friendly and as fun as possible, but it’s no secret that some of the bigger personalities in the world beard competitions have clashed. In fact, there would probably be some people who would be very put off by my even mentioning Jack Passion, and more so for crediting him for helping to move the sport along.
At first glance it may seem like the regional competitions are just a reason to show off a visual representation of one’s testosterone levels, drink beer and hang with like-minded tattooed friends–but ultimately the events are philanthropic. This event in particular was held to raise funds for both the Villa of Hope and the family of Jack Schifano , a Rochester Beardsmen Member who recently passed away.
The competition served as an opportunity to come out on top, but it didn’t seem to matter who won or lost, the sportsmanship was one of support, fun and camaraderie. Though I could’ve competed in the ‘Less Than 2 Inches’ category, I chose to keep my beard in the audience and meet people who had traveled from all over to attend.
See the final results of the competition at the Rochester Beardsmen Society website
- Fake mustache realistic
- Fake mustache creative
- Natural mustache
- Styled mustache
- Reverend Harrington’s Mustache
- Partial beard natural
- Partial beard freestyle
- Full beard natural 0-2″
- Full beard natural 2-8″
- Full beard natural 8-12″
- Full beard natural 12 – infinity and beyond
- Full beard natural with styled mustache
- Fake beard realistic
- Fake beard fantastical
- Freestyle full beard
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Tags: Austin Facial Hair Club, Beard and Moustache Championships, Chris Clemens, Growin’ A Beard, Jack Passion, Jack Schifano, Mo-vember Campaign, Rochester, Rochester NY, Water Street Music Hall, Whisker Wars
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