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Hair raising time at World Beard Championships in Germany

Hundreds of entrants competed for best facial hair trophies at the annual World Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany on Saturday

Competitors gathered to win in categories like Best Dali Moustache, Best Freestyle Moustache, Most Fashionable Beard, Best Goatee and Best Sideburns.

The championship has taken place every two years since 1990. It especially rewards elaborate beard styles and moustaches.

Competition organiser Juergen Burkhardt enthused: “The participation is unbelievable, they have come from all around the world, from 20 countries. There are over 300 participants, many more than we expected.”

Brandon Biggins, the head of the Philadelphia Beard and Moustache Club in the US said: “I’ve won some competitions in the States so I decided to take my beard globally and see if I can do anything over here.”

Nick Thomas from New Zealand read about the competition online and decided to grow a beard to take part: “I saw this online on Facebook and a few other sites about a year or so ago and thought I’d come and have a look, grow a beard and see what happens.”

British participant Truman Castor explained the fascination with beards: “They’re a bit out there, a bit wacky, a bit weird and wonderful. You can create anything you want from it. It’s expression in its purest form.”

And he revealed another reason for taking part: “The beer is good in Germany, so we’re here!”

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