Mr. Desert

Mr. Desert Krishan Kumar
Mr. Desert Krishan Kumar

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.

mr desert contestants sm file
mr desert contestants sm file

Group trip to Oktoberfest and WBMC 2015

Oktoberfest image 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 Phil Olsen (530) 581-3940

The Winner!

winner by anderson
winner by anderson

Madison Rowley took home top honors at the World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Portland, Oregon on October 25, winning a trip to next year's world championships in Leogang, Austria, on October 3, 2015. Rowley also took the gold medal in the very competitive Garibaldi category.

Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships®, Portland, October 25


Got a world-class beard or moustache? You need to be in Portland, Oregon on October 25 for the 2014 Just for Men World Beard and Moustache Championships®. The competition takes place at the spectacular, 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland. Hundreds of the world's best beardsmen will put the art of facial hair on display in the most entertaining and creative competition ever to hit the Northwest.

Registration is now open.

Even if you don't have world-class facial hair, you'll still have a great time at the event. From delicate Dali moustaches to anything-goes full beard freestyles and medal-worthy sideburns, this competition represents the full spectrum of beard and mustache art with 17 categories. The Grand Prize? An all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Leogang, Austria!

“The Just For Men World Beard and Moustache Championships® is one of the most lively and inspired events you will ever witness,” said Lay It Out Events Producer Aaron Switzer. “The world championships is an event people have on their bucket list, you have to see it to believe it.”


World Beard and Moustache Championships® is a registered trademark of World Beard and Moustache Championships, LLC., the organizer of the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Portland. The same company organized the 2003 WBMC and was an organizer of the 2009 WBMC in Anchorage, Alaska.

NY Times: "The modern man has a beard."

modern man
modern man

Chris Warde-Jones for The New York TimesStating 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."


Upcoming events

Be sure to mark your calendar for the following events coming soon. The last three are part of the National Beard and Moustache Series. Third Annual Nor-Cal Beard and Moustache Competition April 5, 2014 Sacramento, California Details.

Southern Oregon's First Annual Battle of the Beards! June 8, 2014 Presented by the Rogue Valley Messenger in partnership with Medford Beer Week The Rocky-Tonk Grill & Saloon, Medford, Oregon 12 noon to 10 pm Info here.

______ Midwest Beard and Moustache Wearer’s Championship July 12, 2014 Capital Brewery and Beer Garden, Middleton, Wisconsin Hosted by the Madison Beard Wearer’s Union Local 608 More info.

_____________ Reds Ants Pants Beard and Moustache Competition Late July, 2014 White Sulphur Springs, Montana More info soon.

High Five to High Fives Foundation!


The High Fives Foundation is Beard Team USA's first official charity! The organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered life-altering injuries while pursuing their dreams in the winter action sports community.

This is the story of Roy Tuscany, the organization's founder:

“On April 29, 2006 I suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering my lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident. After having high hopes of becoming a world class professional skier, I then had to relearn everything in my life from the ground up. A truly life-altering experience, I eventually began making great progress. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around me, I stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and positivity I received during my recovery inspired me to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences.”

In Memoriam: Big Joy

big joy singing
big joy singing

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.”

parade in lv
parade in lv

Beard Team USA wins big at 2013 worlds!

btusalogo wtext

Beard Team USA won nine 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), Anthony Fontes (third, Imperial Partial Beard), 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 Kenny
Burke Kenny

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.

Team Roster.

The National Beard and Moustache Series

btusalogo wtext sm file
btusalogo wtext sm file

The National Beard and Moustache Series will be a series of bearding events utilizing standardized rules and procedures. It is anticipated that the series will begin in January, 2014 once all rules and procedures are in place. Competitors who enter any of the series events may compete in addition for the title Beardsman of the Year, to be honored at the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Portland, Oregon and at future annual competitions held by Beard Team USA each year. Contestants who place in series events will be awarded points based on the results and size of the series event.

Beard Team USA will promote all series events.

Any event that meets the following requirements will qualify for inclusion in the series:

1. The competition must be open to all. The sole exception is that, if an event is held at an age-restricted venue, the competition may be restricted to those who meet the age requirements of the venue.

2. The judges must be impartial. No judge who is personally acquainted with any of the contestants may judge the category in which such contestant competes. No member of a beard club may judge a category in which any member of the judge’s club competes.

3. The competition must be conducted in accordance with the standardized rules that are still in development.

4. The rules and category descriptions must be made public in advance of the competition. The contestants’ scores must be made available to the public either at or as soon as possible after the competition. Open voting is encouraged by not required.

Please contact Phil Olsen for further information.

Wowee, Maui!


To be sure, LA’s haul of six medals at the Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships was impressive.

But Maui’s haul of four medals was crushing!

Giant city Los Angeles has a metro area with a population of over 18 million. But tiny island Maui’s population is 144,444, according to the 2010 US Census. In other words, one Mauian for every 36,111 won a medal, while only one Angelino in over 3 million podiumed.

Maui medalists (left to right in photo above) were Ross Steidel, (Hungarian Moustache – silver), Nick Wilson (Musketeer – silver), Josh Aguinaldo (Full Beard Styled Moustache – silver), and Brooke Mahnken (Freestyle Moustache – silver).

Way to go LA! Aloha, Maui!

Photo by Greg Anderson.

Registration open for 2013 worlds in Germany

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 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.

Bearded greetings, Jürgen Burkhardt

Click here for more info direct from Belle Moustache, including registration instructions.

Click here to register now!

World Beard Championship

Langum crowned champ; LA dominates

langum champ
langum champ

Jeff Langum's gigantic full beard natural won him top honors and $1000 courtesy of Bluebeards Original at the Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships® in New Orleans on September 7, but the City of Los Angeles established itself as the bearding capital of America with an impressive haul of six medals, three of them gold. Al Underwood led LA's charge with a perfect score of 25 points in the Musketeer category. That's the bearding equivalent of 300 in bowling, 27 straight strikeouts in baseball, or a score of 18 for a round of golf. Al won the same category last year in Vegas.

Other LA medalists included Dan Lawlor (Freestyle Moustache -- gold), Jeffrey Moustache (Verdi -- silver), Roberto Campos (Imperial Moustache -- silver), Nathan Johnson (Sideburns -- gold), and Alfred Nash (Hungarian Moustache -- bronze). Did I miss anyone?