2016 JUST FOR MEN® NATIONAL BEARD & MOUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS® HITS NASHVILLE SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
300 Beardsmen Compete for National Titles at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Music City ON WORLD BEARD DAY
This Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 8pm, facial hair enthusiasts from around the world will gather for the Just For Men® National Beard & Moustache Championships® in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. It’s the nation’s hairiest competition, on the world’s most celebratory beard day of the year, World Beard Day.
Drawing hundreds of “beardsmen” showcasing some of the world’s wildest whiskers, including Nashville’s own defending champion Owen Hicks. Featured by CNN, Details, GQ Magazine, PBS, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and many more, #BeardChampsUSA is America’s facial hair event of the year.
Photos from 2015 JUST FOR MEN® NATIONAL BEARD & MOUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS® in Brooklyn, New York: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ng0j7thxkcd0mm/AACjetbBD1Iuy8aoTSU-fe83a?dl=0 Credit to: Jeffrey Moustache Photography
Competitors will face off, beard-to-beard, in 18 different categories ranging from the au-natural to the gravity-defying freestyle in front of a lively and esteemed panel of judges.
• Madison Rowley, the reigning World Beard Champion
• Bryan Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the Austin Facial Hair Club, Vice President of the WBMA and Vice President of the NACBMA
• Buck Wolf, Huffington Post Executive Editor of Trends & Weird News
• D. Patrick Peterson, Nashville Scene Editor
• Whit “Witness” Hubner 6th ranked U.S. Air Guitarist and Nashville DJ
• Allan Peterkin, bearding author of One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair
• George Bruno, internationally-known celebrity beardsmith
"We look for cities with a certain “wow” factor that makes bearding champions want to visit but will also make them feel right at home with their outrageous facial hair," said event producer Aaron Switzer. "Coming off a fantastic time in Brooklyn in 2015, Nashville fit the bill for this year’s championships. The city is booming with on-trend beards and everyone is excited about the competition being in Music City."
Judges will determine winners by voting on whose facial hair best enhances their overall appearance, style and personality. In the freestyle categories, judges also consider originality and creativity. Visit www.nationalbeardchampionships.com for more details.
Some of the most notable beards in the competition are MJ Johnson, also known as “Razor Hater” and 3-Time National Champion Imperial Partial Beard. Johnson is also the official 2016 event spokesperson. Owen Wilson, National Champion in the Garibaldi category, and Nashville resident will return to represent his hometown and defend his title. Nate Johnson, 2-Time National Champion in Sideburns will lead the event as emcee.
"Becoming a Spokesperson for The National Beard and Moustache Championships is like a cross between becoming 'The Director of Growing Operations' at a Fortune 500 company, winning a beauty pageant, and taking top honors at a lumberjack battle,” said Johnson. “The fact that it's in Nashville and in particular The Ryman adds an element of goose bumps and nostalgia whenever I think about competing on that stage. It's amazing."
As the Championship’s official beneficiary, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program will receive $5,000. The Tennessee Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and oldest organizations in Tennessee, dedicated to the conservation of the state’s wildlife and natural resources through stewardship, youth engagement, and public policy.
On site for additional beard-tastic entertainment will be Graham Clark, a stand-up comedian and beard artist residing in Vancouver, Canada. He is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and best known for co-hosting the hilariously funny, weekly free form comedy chat show, Maximum Fun’s “Stop Podcasting Yourself.” Graham is also the creator of beardpaintings.com, which he claims, “started as a joke,” but has now become a place where he sells paintings made using his beard as a paintbrush and donates the proceeds to charitable efforts, such as GlobalMedic’s earthquake relief efforts and Oxfam’s East Africa famine relief.
During Just For Men’s National Beard and Mustache Championship, Graham will be posting-up in a VIP area and performing live demonstrations of his beard painting using his notably shaggy beard. Attendees are free to stop by and view some of his artwork he will have on display as he paints.
2016 Just For Men® National Beard & Moustache Championships® is sponsored by Billy Jealousy, Sugarland Distillery, Traveler Beer and Captain Fawcett.
Doors open on September 3, 2016 at 7pm. Press pass entry beginning at 6pm.
To Register: www.nationalbeardchampionships.com
To Purchase Spectator Tickets: http://ryman.com/events/National_Beard_Mustache_Championships