The “National Beard And Moustache Championships” Take Place Every Year And Never Disappoint

Sporting everything from Fu Manchus and goatees to sideburns and handlebars, beardsman and moustache wearers from all over the country recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2016 Just For Men National Beard and Moustache Championship. There were 18 categories ranging from a simple Natural Goatee to the Elegant Imperial Moustache and often gravity defying freestyle. In the nation’s hairiest competition, judges determine winners based on their originality and creativity while considering the facial hair that best enhances the overall appearance of the competitor.

The National Beard and Moustache Championships take place every year and never disappoint

From Fu Manchu and goatee to sideburns and handlebar, scores of hairy-faced beardsman will descend on Nashville to sport their favorite facial designs this fall.

About 250 men (and some women) are expected to participate in the 7th annual U.S. National Beard and Mustache Championships held at the Ryman Auditorium Sept. 3 to face-off in the facial-hair frenzy in hopes of obtaining their very own prestigious national title.

Past year competitions, which have drawn spectators by the thousands, have been hosted in New Orleans, Portland, Ore., Lancaster, Penn., Bend, Ore. and Brooklyn, N.Y.

The competition consists of 18 categories ranging from the simple Natural Goatee to the elegant Imperial Mustache. The grand prize: An all-expense paid trip to the November 2017 National Beard and Moustache Championships in Southern California.

Proceeds from this year’s event in Nashville benefit the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF)’s Hunters for the Hungry program, who over the 2015-16 white-tailed deer season, provided more than 570,000 meals to area food banks, soup kitchens and individuals.

Launched in 1998 by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the program connects white-tailed deer hunters with area wild-game processors who prepare venison for free or at a reduced rate to the hunter.

‘We’re thrilled and very grateful that the National Beard and Mustache Championship has chosen us as its beneficiary,’ Hunters for the Hungry TWF Manager Matt Simcox said Wednesday. ‘The number of healthy, organic meals we can provide to Tennesseans in need is directly related to the gifts we receive from organizations and individuals across the state to pay for processing and associated costs.”


Photographer Ronald C. Modra was on hand to document the nation’s hairiest competition where judges determine winners based on their originality and creativity while considering the facial hair that best enhances the overall appearance of the competitor.



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