The World Beard Championship took place October 3-4, in Leogang, Austria. The event lasts all weekend long with the small town coming alive with marching bands and TV cameras. The championships have been taking place since 1990 in Germany, hosted by First Hofener Beard Club, and has since been hosted in various places around the world. The contestants are put into three groups: moustaches, partial beards, and full beards.
Over 350 people from 20 countries competed in the competition this year in the 18 different categories. The contestants are awarded for most attractive, inventive, and original beards within their categories. Within each category there are also subcategories which you can see here.
“I am expecting strong competitors with unusual beards in Saalfelden Leogang this year,” says Wilhelm Preuss, the president of the East Bavarian Beard Club. “We will see where beards grow the fastest.”