The polls are now open for the Remington Beard Boss contest. Chose your favorite from the 12 weekly finalists. The winner gets a free trip to Portland for the World Beard and Moustache Championships on October 25.
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.”
First place trophies went to Patrick Fette (English Moustache), Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache), and Burke Kenny (Full beard, styled moustache).
Other winners from BTUSA were Ben Juergens (second, imperial moustache), Sam Holcombe (third, English Moustache), Mike “MJ” Johnson (second, imperial partial beard), Anthony Fontes (third, imperial partial beard), Johnathon Patrick (third, Goatee Natural), Al Underwood (second, Musketeer), and Jeffrey Moustache (second, Full Beard Verdi).
Other Americans who won were Keith Haubrich (second, freestyle moustache), Sean Raiger (first, FuManchu), Taylor Weldon (third, Musketeer), Jeff Langum (first full beard natural), Bryan Nelson (second, full beard natural), and Aarne Bielefeldt (first, full beard freestyle).
Two-time and current world champ (Full Beard, Styled Moustache) Burke Kenny will be leading a strong squad of beardsmen competing for America at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, on November 2, 2013.
Meeanwhile WBMC newcomers Mike Johnson (Imperial Partial Beard) and Al Underwood (Musketeer) are looking to upset the home team in their respective categories, while youngster Jeffrey Moustache looks to podium in Verdi. This will be Moustache’s second worlds.
This year’s HUGE Beard Team USA pep rally will take place in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy at 4 pm on October 24. Beard Team USA will be in Venice on its way to the World Beard and Moustache Championships® in Germany on November 2.
Throngs of patriotic Americans and other well-wishers are expected to crowd the square to cheer on America’s team.
Napoleon is said to have called St. Mark’s Square “the drawing room of Europe.”
The 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships® will take place on November 2, 2013 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Registration is now open.
Here is a message from Jürgen Burkhardt:
As President of “Belle Moustache,” the organizer of this year’s 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships, I would like to take this opportunity to send greetings to all contestants, spectators, and fans of beards. Beards are currently enjoying a growth in popularity all over the world. The US-Nationals in New Orleans is certainly the biggest American beard competition. I would like to wish success to all of the contestants along with lots of fun and good times. We would also like to invite all competitors to the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2013, highlight of the year for beardsmen worldwide. This event is very conveniently located just a few miles from the Stuttgart Airport. There are plenty of hotels in the convention town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen. Information about the event can be found at www.worldmoustachechampion.com. Online registration is available until October 1. Registrations will also be accepted at the event site up to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. All beardsmen from America and the whole world are invited to the ultimate showdown of the year. It would be great to see you at the WBMC in LE.