The men competed in an assortment of categories that involved three groups: moustache, partial beard, and full beard. The competition takes place every few years. Norway hosted in 2011; Alaska was face-hair central two years prior.
Apparently, the competition only dates back to the 1970s, according to its website. The first modern version of the competition was in 1990, in Germany, and from there, the beards were off to the races.
Here are five of my favorite beards, along with the names I believe their owners have privately bestowed upon them.
“Starburst,” aka “Dazzle” aka “The Mad Professor”
L-R: “Grizzly Adams,” “The Many Arms of Shiva,” “Sweepy McPushbroom” and “Old Grey Whistle Test”
L-R: “Guy Smiley,” “He Who Must Not Be Named,” “The Rambler,” and (foreground), “Interrupting Thomas”
L-R: “Kaiser Brimley,” “Mr. Subtle” “The Intimidator,” and “I’m Actually Outside Your Window Right Now and My Beard Can Smell Your Fear”