PHILADELPHIA-- The Philadelphia Beard and Mustache Club sets out once again to bring needed funds to a local charity. And maybe, if things go well, they'll also find the most amazing facial hair on the east coast. Mustache styles 2015.
Club vice president Nick Bua describes a simple process in which each member pitches a charity, the club votes, and they have a beneficiary. This year it's the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street is full of supporters.
Vice President Bua says that since the first competition there has been tremendous growth. Both in distance covered to attend and the number of people attending. Also, the event has become something that has to be prepared for, if you want to take home a championship.
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"People know they have to step it up," says Bua, who himself sports a donegal. That's the beard without the mustache part. He says every year brings something different.
Creativity is especially important in the freestyle event where a beard or mustache can resemble more of a roller a pretzel. There are categories for mustaches, varying beard lengths, styles and natural, chops, and even events for the beardless called realistic fake and creative fake. Girls are the main contenders here but the category is open to all. Competitor Elizabeth Roe actually applied her boyfriend's dreadlocks to her face for the contest.
Competitors came from as far as Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Toronto, and as near as Glassboro and Deptford. The contest is easy to participate in whether the hair is real or fake. And for a good cause, there's no reason not to try the spectacle for yourself next year.