May 19th, 2010 | by Roxanne Macmanus News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Sports

Bushy League: National Facial Hair Competition Comes to Bend

Jack Passion

Beards and mustaches have always been the lazy man's best accessory, but facial sprouts have achieved a new level of clout. On Saturday, June 5 in Bend the first ever Beard Team USA National Beard and Moustache Championships will determine who's facial fuzz is best in the categories of: Freestyle (anything goes facial hair), best full-beard (this allows for styling aids), best partial-beard (which includes goatees, musketeers, and more). And, finally, best mustache. All winners will receive a thousand bucks. Beard Team USA represents the United States at the biennial World Beard and Moustache Championships.

The current Miss Oregon CC Barker as well as Siwrwan Singh—the proud owner of the world's longest beard—and Captain Harry Lewis from the show Deadliest Catch are a few confirmed judges for the competition. They're trying to get Conan O'Brien to judge, but he hasn't responded to their Tweets. If you think you're judge material, you can vie for the at-large judge spot. For more information, go to beardteamusa.org/events/want-to-be-a-judge.

Who is representing Portland? Local "beardletes" Justin Cate and Ethan Siegal, a Lewis and Clark astronomy professor, will compete.

The competition is open to anybody, so to put your facial hair in the running or just see these human grown wonders, you can register online and buy tickets at beardteamusa.org.

Photo of Jack Passion, a 25-year old San Francisco hair enthusiast who is currently holds the World Champion beard title, courtesy of beardteamusa.org.
 
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