The 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships will take place in Leogang, Austria. Leogang is located in a spectacular Alpine valley surrounded by take-your-breath-away scenery not far from Salzburg. Organizers of the event include the
In London? Stop in to see the exhibition of beards at Somerset House in London, featuring photos by Brock Elbank. Not in London? Check out this video produced by BBC World Service.
Krishan Kumar from Jaipur is the new Mr. Desert, taking top honors at the beard contest held during this month’s Desert Festival in Jaisalmer, India. Jaisalmer, known as the Golden City, is located in Rajastan, the Land of the Kings.
In addition to the beard contest, the annual festival features camel races, folk dancing, turban tying competitions, and plenty of other activities suited for this extravaganza of Rajasthani culture. Everything is exotic in the Desert Festival, amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert. With a final musical performance by folk singers under the moonlit sky at the dunes in Sam, just outside Jaisalmer, the festival comes to its end.
The beard contest is only open to beardsmen living in Rajasthan.
Next year’s festival takes place from February 20-22, 2016.
Beard Team USA is headed to World Beard and Moustache Championships in Leogang, Austria and will stop over in Munich, Germany for the world-famous Oktoberfest on the way. The best part is – you are invited to join the team for this memorable experience.
This will be the fifth time Beard Team USA has traveled to Europe for the world championships. Previous trips – to Berlin (2005), Brighton (2007), Norway (2009), and Germany (2009) – were great fun for everyone.
Here are the details on this year’s trip:
Saturday, September 26 – depart USA for Munich, Germany. Note: you are responsible for arranging your own air transportation, which is not part of the group trip.
Sunday, September 27 – Arrive in Munich.
Monday, September 28 – Walking tour of Munich and visit to Oktoberfest (reserved seating).
Tuesday, September 29 – Optional excursion to Oberammergau and the Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany.
Wednesday, September 30 – Free day in Munich.
Thursday, October 1 – Travel to Leogang, Austria.
Friday, October 2 – Free day in Leogang. Evening welcoming party.
Saturday, October 3 – World Beard and Moustache Championships 2015, Leogang, Austria.
Sunday, October 4 – Free day in Leogang. Possible visit to Salzburg.
Monday, October 5 – Return to Munich Airport for departure to USA. We will arrive at the Airport by 10 am, so please book an afternoon flight home.
$ 950 per person, double occupancy.
$ 1300 per person, single occupancy.
The group size is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. $200 per person will hold you a place. One-half of the total price is due by July 1, as this is when the hotel in Munich requires payment. Payment in full must be made by August 26.
Included in the price:
4 nights’ hotel lodging in Munich, with breakfast.
Walking tour in Munich.
Reserved seating at Oktoberfest, including one entree and beer (of course!).
Transportation from Munich to Leogang, Austria.
4 nights’ lodging in Leogang, with breakfast.
Transportation from Leogang to the Munich Airport.
Not included in the price:
Airfare to and from Munich.
Entry fee/admission to the World Beard and Moustache Championships. The entry fee for contestants will be approximately 25 euros. Admission for spectators will probably be free.
Transfer from Munich Airport to hotel in Munich. Public transportation is available.
Cost of optional excursion to Oberammergau or Zugspitze.
Cost of possible visit to Salzburg.
For further information or to book the trip, contact
The deadline to enter is August 29. Just post a picture of your beard or moustache on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #beardboss by August 29. An online vote will chose the winner from twelve weekly finalists.
Meanwhile, you can register for the world championships here.
Stating the oh-so obvious, the New York Times, famous for “all the news that’s fit to print,” recently declared what all of us have known for quite some time: The modern man has a beard.
The Times was reporting on the big international men’s trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, where most of the male fashion models sported beards. According to the report, there has been a “generational shift from the smooth cheeks that defined Western masculinity for at least 100 years.”
Big Joy died on November 12 of complications following a recent surgery.
Joy served as hostess at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Carson City in 2003 and at the National Beard and Moustache Championships in Las Vegas in 2012. Before she died, she had already committed to hostess the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Portland.
She was Beard Team USA’s biggest fan.
At the Vegas Nationals Elsa Laube from Switzerland said, “They call her ‘Big Joy’ because of the size of her heart.”