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The 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships

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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Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
“Full-beard freestyle” winner David Traver, right, celebrates alongside Hans Peter Weiss, who placed third.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

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Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Breman Grove, second-place winner in the goatee category, pleads his case with the judges.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Natural moustache competitors, from left: Jean-Claude Plura, Adam Orcutt, Daniel Sparry, Bo Jonsson and eventual winner Kees Lek.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Feras Afani Rusik of Seattle makes an appearance.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Keith Jones of Seattle puts the final touches on his freestyle moustache.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Musketeer champion Juergen Draheim of Germany races to claim his prize.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Freestyle beard competitor B.J. Averill looks to get a taste of Hans Gassner’s whiskers.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Second place works for Roland Van Den Bremt of Belgium.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
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.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Alex Antebi of Los Angeles, who reached the top three in the imperial moustache category, plays the crowd.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Jean American in the “freestyle moustache” category.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Winners of the “imperial moustache” category, from left: Alex Antebi, third place; Benjamin Juergens, first; and Patrick Melcher, second.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

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Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Karl Heinz-Hille eyes his competiton in the “imperial beard” category.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Kyle McNair has his beard tended to by companion Rory Lindo before judging in the “natural styled moustache” category.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Aaron Suring of Juneau, Alaska, took second place in the “Alaskan whaler” category.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
Patrick Melcher of Los Angeles celebrates his second-place finish in the “imperial moustache” category.

Feeling fuzzy at the World Beard and Moustache Championships

Bearded + Tschorn: More on the WBMCs

Jack Passion leads with his beard (Michael Dinneen / For The Times)
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