Stache Fest: Hundreds Gather for World Beard and Mustache Championships

The annual World Beard and Moustache Championships were held in Germany on Saturday, with trophies in competitive categories including Best Dali Moustache, Best Freestyle Moustache, Most Fashionable Beard, Best Goatee and Best Sideburns.

The event attracted 300 hirsute entrants from 20 countries to the small village of Leinfelden-Echterdingen near Stuttgart.

"I saw this online on Facebook and a few other sites about a year or so ago and thought I'd come and have a look, maybe grow a beard and see what happens," said Nick Thomas from New Zealand.

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Brandon Biggins, who heads the Philadelphia Beard and Moustache Club, was taking the event more seriously, with carefully curled and waxed facial hair.

"I've won some competitions in the States so I decided to take my beard globally and see if I can do anything over here," he said.

Organizer Juergen Burkhardt said he was overwhelmed by the response.

Beard Team USA took home nine trophies from the event. First place winners were Patrick Fette (English Moustache), Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache), Jeff Langum (Full Beard Natural), and Burke Kenny (Full beard, styled moustache).

Patrick Fette (English Moustache), Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache), Jeff Langum (Full Beard Natural), and Burke Kenny (Full beard, styled moustache) - See more at: http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/news/beard-team-usa-wins-big-at-2013-worlds/#sthash.pN7iOit2.dpufPatrick Fette (English Moustache), Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache), Jeff Langum (Full Beard Natural), and Burke Kenny (Full beard, styled moustache) - See more at: http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/news/beard-team-usa-wins-big-at-2013-worlds/#sthash.pN7iOit2.dpuf
won nine trophies at the World Beard and Moustache Championships - See more at: http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/news/beard-team-usa-wins-big-at-2013-worlds/#sthash.pN7iOit2.dpuf

The championship has taken place every two years since 1990, and especially rewards elaborately styled beards and moustaches.

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