Several times each month men and women from across the country gather together for a purpose. They pack their luggage with brushes, combs, waxes, oils, and hairsprays. The wardrobe they bring runs the gamut from t-shirts to bow ties, from plaid flannels and vests to kilts and full-on Halloween costumes. They log hundreds of miles traveling by car and motorcycle, train and jet. They do so not for prize money or personal gain, but for charity and camaraderie. This is the world of the competitive beardsman.
Part man pageant, part family reunion and all for fun, competitive facial hair events are organized by beard and moustache clubs to give back to their community, raising much needed funds for local non-profits. Each competitor chooses his category, ranging from a number of moustache styles to every cut and length of full and partial beard you can imagine. Setting these competitions apart from the original European beard contests are the Whiskerina fake beard categories, a uniquely American addition. There, wives, girlfriends, and clever ladies armed with a hot glue gun and imagination craft their own realistic-looking and fantastic facial hair entries. The first place winners of each category then faces off at the end of the night to determine who wins the Best In Show trophy.
We all know that every beardsman is already a winner and a cut above most, but it takes a special quality of beard to win your category, and then to win Best In Show. From the hundreds of beardsmen and Whiskerinas that compete each year, the following are America’s Best In Show winners from 2014. They are the best of the best.