Sunday, September 17, 2006

European Beard and Moustache Championships

A three-person squad from Beard Team USA is on its way to Germany for the European Beard and Moustache Championships in Amberg on September 23. The European championships are a biannual event that takes place in even numbered years. This time the East Bavarian Beard Club will play host.

BTUSA's squad consists of Dennis Dickerson, Terry Pierson, and yours truly. Dennis (a Robert E. Lee look-alike who appropriately enough is also captain of the Army of Virginia, a division of BTUSA) will compete against very stiff competition in the Verdi division. Terry, the pride of Atlanta, has a good shot of placing in the full beard natural division. As usual, I will place near the bottom in the full beard freestyle division. Oh well.

Whatever. Coincidentally, the EBMC happens to coincide with Oktoberfest in Munich, the world's biggest beer bust, and I will be quite content drowning my sorrows with a liter or two of the famous brew.

As is always the case, Germany is expected to dominate the competition. Check back here for a full report.


At September 17, 2006 11:23 PM, Blogger bikerbaer said...

Go Team, Go!
Wish I could join y'all. Maybe next year for me.
I placed 14th for Vollbart/Naturale in Schömberg, way back in 2001.
I never got on US television, but was interviewed by Südwestrundfunk 3 and Reuters TV - what fun!

As always, I grow my beard long, wild and proud.
mit bärtigen Grüßen aus San Francisco CA,

At September 18, 2006 7:30 AM, Anonymous Herr Schulz said...

Grow Beard Grow!


Enjoy - and tell us all of your exploits!

Herr Wilhelm Schulz
In Carson City, Nevada

At September 18, 2006 5:12 PM, Blogger LaCour said...

Best of luck to the team!

I wish we could join you to shoot more photos this time around!

Andrew and Rachel Niesen
Atlanta, GA

At September 19, 2006 1:03 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

What are the requirements to join BTUSA?

At September 19, 2006 1:35 PM, Blogger Strong Thomas said...


Have a blast in Germany. Drink one for me!

You shouldn't feel bad about placing last or thereabouts. Your beard is exquisite, and without it world facial hair events would be much less worldly.

I apologize for my absence at the EBMC. I must save for Brighton!

At September 20, 2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a tasty Octoberfest brew for us. I'm sure it will be a great event.

We'll see you guys in Brighton!

Jeff & Theresa
Joyce, WA

At September 20, 2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you for resisting conformity, corporate culture, and androgyny by embracing the beautiful, unique and utterly personal habit of growing a full beard.

Like a fingerprint, a year or more of full growth on a man's face produces a one-of-a-kind appearance that defies trend, pop culture, and media driven conformity. It is a very natural and beautiful symbol of individualism, and honors the self-expressed essence within each man.

At the National Beard Registry, we support individual creative expression, resistance to blind conformity or media driven corporate culture, and promoting the notion of a world where every individual is valued.

The National Beard Registry is based in America but the word National in its name applies to any nation. International boundaries are only in our minds. Conformity is an international malaise. Beards are beautiful on every continent.

Thank you all men of conscience, together we will change the face of the future.

All One Humanity!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

National Beard Registry

At September 22, 2006 12:32 PM, Blogger eurobikermcdog said...

Good luck, bearded ones. May the hair be with you.

At September 25, 2006 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did we do?

At October 05, 2006 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Un grandissimo e mitico Olsen!By from Switzerland


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