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Group trip to Oktoberfest and WBMC 2015

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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:

Itinerary:

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.

Prices:

$ 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.

Leogang

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For further information or to book the trip, contact
Phil Olsen
(530) 581-3940
tahophil@gmail.com

Vote now for Remington’s Beard Boss

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.

Vote here.

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August 29 deadline for Remington #beardboss contest and free trip to worlds!

beardbossThere is less than a week to enter the Beard Boss contest and win a free trip to Portland for the world championships courtesy of Remington Products.

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.

Complete contest rules.

Pictured: Beard Boss MJ Johnson, National champ, imperial partial beard.Mike Johnson

New Zealand’s First BMC

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Planning to be in New Zealand on October 17? Don’t miss New Zealand’s First Beard and Moustache Championships at the Kings Arms Tavern, 59 France St, Auckland, New Zealand. The fun starts at 6 pm.

NY Times: “The modern man has a beard.”

modern manPhoto by Chris Warde-Jones for The New York Times

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.”

Duh.

Beardo, the Movie

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Check out Jeff Tocci’s new documentary about the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. Click here.

If you can, help Jeff get his documentary out to the public.

In Memoriam: Big Joy

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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.”

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Beard Team USA wins big at 2013 worlds!

btusalogo wtextBeard Team USA won ten trophies at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in held in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany on November 2, 2013.

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 champ Kenny leads American team to 2013 worlds; Johnson, Underwood, Moustache ringers

Burke KennyTwo-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.

Team Roster.

HUGE Beard Team USA pep rally!

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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.”

Go USA!