The Wildest Whiskers in the South

Photos from the 2012 3rd Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Competition

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    John Clarkin

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    Brian Wolter

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    Daniel McCord

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    Chad Roberts

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    William Cain Ruffin

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    Thomas Maurice Smith

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    Steve Mosher

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    Phil Olsen

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    Meghan Spivey

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    J. Honea

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    Aarne Bielefeldt

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    Bill Mitchell

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    The winners

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    Moustache judging

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Held Memorial Day weekend 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina, the Southeastern Beard and Moustache Competition drew some 200 entrants from across the South and beyond (24 states total with Alaska being the farthest away) for the ultimate in Southern whisker wars. In categories ranging from sideburns to Donegals to full beard freestyle and even ladies artificial (beard and moustache), the contestants battled it out for trophies and bragging rights, while raising thousands for Lowcountry Women with Wings, an organization providing education and support to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
 
So what makes facial hair such a statement? “To me it’s all about expressing yourself in a very natural way,” says event co-founder and Lt. Commander of the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society Bradley Adams. “It’s just hair. It almost seems silly to me that people pay so much for razors and blades to cut off something that grows naturally. And unlike a tattoo you can easily get rid of it or change at the blink of an eye.”

(Photos courtesy Jabberpics.com)

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