National Beard and Moustache Championships tip off Saturday
It's the second annual nationwide battle of the bearded and mustachioed organized by Beard Team USA,
with the inaugural event taking place in Bend, Ore., in June 2010.
Many of the folks from that facial-hair face-off are scheduled to attend the event at Clipper Magazine Stadium, including Jack Passion, the former world champion beardsman who will be reprising last year's role as master of ceremonies, Beard Team USA captain Phil Olsen (whose fur-bearing faces should be familiar to followers of IFC's "Whisker Wars" reality show) and Willi "the hair pretzel" Chevalier, the German bearding legend and current U.S. Nationals freestyle champion, who will be serving as a judge.
Other judges are expected to include the reigning Miss Pennsylvania Juliann Sheldon, pro football player Justin Hartwig, rugby player Phil Thiel and Josie Cuervo, founder of (and skater with) the local women's roller derby team the Dutchland Rollers.
Replacing Dockers as this year's presenting sponsor is Panasonic, which sounds like an odd fit until you realize that the electronics company also makes a line of beard and body grooming devices.
A total of $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in five categories: moustache, partial beard, full beard groomed, full beard natural and freestyle.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Contestants line up at the first-ever Los Angeles Beard and Mustache Championships held earlier this year. The second annual nationwide battle of the bearded takes place Saturday in Lancaster, Pa. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times