Cowboy beard styles. Derby City Whisker Club hosts Louisville s WhiskerMania 2019

Touted as "the hardest hitting facial hair competition in the land," the fourth annual Derby City Whisker Club WhiskerMania is no joke. Moustache over lip.

Beard connoisseurs, facial hair lovers and fierce competitors will take over the Diamond Pub Concert Hall on Barrett Avenue in Louisville on Jan. 26 to see who will be crowned champion.

Expect to see epic-styled mustaches, chops, goatees, natural beards of all lengths, and the ever-impressive whaler — an unbroken, unshaven area from temple to chin to temple, complete with a clean-shaven upper lip.

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For many of the competition categories, no styling aids are allowed. And the WhiskerMania organizers cover all the bases with the definition of styling aids — no wax, no gel, no hairspray, no glue, certainly no bacon grease and please, skip the ear wax.

“It’s a huge spectacle,” said Ryan Gore, president of the Derby City Whisker Club. “If you are a fan of facial hair, you should come out."

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This is the fourth year for the hair-friendly event, which has raised more than $20,000 for Active Heroes, an organization that works to end suicide among military veterans.

Gore started his facial hair journey years ago when he was, well, bored. "I just wanted a change," he said. "So I grew a beard."

The growth introduced him to a wide world of facial-hair-loving friends, and eventually travel and competitions. "It has changed my life for the better," he said.

Gore's go-to competition categories are usually goatee and full beard with a styled mustache, but don't expect to see him throwing down during WhiskerMania. As president of the chapter, he'll handle the scorekeeping, and he hopes to see more competitors this year than the 185 who entered last year, some from as far away as England.

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Competitive bearding has been around for decades, but the trend really just crossed the pond to the United States about 10 years ago, where it has since boomed, he said.

“There is pretty much a beard competition somewhere every weekend."

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Derby City Whisker Club WhiskerMania

WHAT: The fourth annual Derby City Whisker Club WhiskerMania is the "hardest hitting facial hair competition in the land."

WHERE: Diamond Pub Concert Hall, 630 Barrett Ave.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 26. Doors and onsite registration: 5 p.m.; event starts at 7 p.m.

OFFICIAL CHARITY: All proceeds will go to Active Heroes, a local nonprofit that works to end veteran suicide.

MORE INFORMATION: This event is for ages 21 and up. Find more information at facebook.com/derbycitywhiskerclub.

Derby City Whisker Club WhiskerMania Categories

Competitors will only be allowed to compete in one facial hair category.

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Fake Facial Hair

Fake Fantastic: Craft beards and/or mustaches made from any materials you can get your hands on.

Fake Realistic: Fake beard and/or mustache strives to look as natural and realistic as possible.

Mustache

Natural Mustache: Mustache may be styled but without styling aids. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip.

Styled Mustache: Mustache may be styled with styling aids. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. This category includes classic styles like the Dali, English, Handlebar and everything in between.

Partial Beard

Chops: All sideburns with shaved chin. Unstyled mustache allowed. No styling aids allowed.

Goatee: Facial hair grown only on chin, upper and lower lip. Beard and mustache may be styled but without aids. No styling aids allowed. Mustache not required.

Whaler: Unbroken, unshaven area from temple to chin to temple. Upper lip clean shaven. No styling aids allowed.

Partial Beard Freestyle: All partial beards not matching other classes will be considered partial beard freestyle. Styling aids are allowed.

Full Beard

Natural: 0 to 4 inches: Full beard under 4 inches as measured from the bottom lip. As grown, mustache integrated. No styling aids allowed.

Natural: 4 to 8 inches: Full beard between 4 and 8 inches as measured from the bottom lip. As grown, mustache integrated. No styling aids allowed.

Mustache guide

Natural: 8 to 12 inches: Full beard between 8 and 12 inches as measured from the bottom lip. As grown, mustache integrated. No styling aids allowed.

Natural: 12 inches plus: Full beard over 12 inches as measured from the bottom lip. As grown, mustache integrated. No styling aids allowed.

Full Beard Under 5 inches w/ Styled Mustache: Full beard under 5 inches as measured from the bottom lip. Only mustache can be styled with aids and may start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip.

Full Beard Over 5 inches w/ Styled Mustache: Full beard over 5 inches as measured from the bottom lip. Only mustache can be styled with aids and may start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip.

Full Beard Freestyle: All full beards not matching other classes will be considered full beard freestyle. Styling aids are allowed.

Best Club: Awarded to the club with the most members registered to compete.

Best In Show: Awarded to the competitor with the highest individual score.

Styling aid = wax, gel, hairspray, glue, bacon grease, ear wax, etc.

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