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The 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships

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Americans triumphed over the long-dominant German competitors at the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Anchorage over Memorial Day weekend, with 11 first-place wins. Alex Antebi of L.A. reached the top three in the “imperial moustache” category.

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“Full-beard freestyle” winner David Traver, right, celebrates alongside Hans Peter Weiss, who placed third.

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Breman Grove, second-place winner in the goatee category, pleads his case with the judges.

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Natural moustache competitors, from left: Jean-Claude Plura, Adam Orcutt, Daniel Sparry, Bo Jonsson and eventual winner Kees Lek.

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Feras Afani Rusik of Seattle makes an appearance.

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Keith Jones of Seattle puts the final touches on his freestyle moustache.

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Musketeer champion Juergen Draheim of Germany races to claim his prize.

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Freestyle beard competitor B.J. Averill looks to get a taste of Hans Gassner’s whiskers.

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Second place works for Roland Van Den Bremt of Belgium.

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The winners in “sideburns and muttonchops,” from left: Toot Joslin of Tahoe City, Calif., first place; Bruno Panza of Italy, second; Bill Mitchell of Georgia, third.

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Alex Antebi of Los Angeles, who reached the top three in the imperial moustache category, plays the crowd.

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Jean American in the “freestyle moustache” category.

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Winners of the “imperial moustache” category, from left: Alex Antebi, third place; Benjamin Juergens, first; and Patrick Melcher, second.

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Karl Heinz-Hille eyes his competiton in the “imperial beard” category.

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Kyle McNair has his beard tended to by companion Rory Lindo before judging in the “natural styled moustache” category.

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Aaron Suring of Juneau, Alaska, took second place in the “Alaskan whaler” category.

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Patrick Melcher of Los Angeles celebrates his second-place finish in the “imperial moustache” category.

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