The World Beard and Moustache Championships is a biennial competition in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly-styled facial hair.
The first Championship took place in Höfen-Enz, Germany, in 1990.
On September 1, 2007, competitors of the world's most hirsute faces from the UK, America, Germany and other countries convened for the championships in Brighton. It was hosted by The Handlebar Club with comedy performer and renowned moustache wearer Michael "Atters" Attree acting as Chairman and Master of Ceremonies. Facial hair categories were judged by celebrity moustache wearers including actor/singer Nick Cave and musician/poet Billy Childish. The international event was staged within the Brighton Centres Main Hall.Categories include Dali moustache, goatee and full beard freestyle.
The 2009 event was held from May 19 to the 24th in Anchorage, Alaska. The main Championship Contest was held on May 23, 2009. The host club distributed over $16,000 to local charities via the International Lions Club 49A foundation 501C4 and the Miners & Trappers Ball Inc a 501C3 organizations. Anchorage hosted the most ever competitors, eclipsing former host city Carson City.
The 2011 championships will be in Trondheim, Norway