Beard and Mustache Bash

Competitors from all over the U.S. gathered in Brooklyn Saturday for the New York City Beard and Mustache Championship.

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Competitors from all over the U.S. gathered in Brooklyn Saturday for the 2009 New York City Beard and Mustache Championship at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, NY.
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Burke Kenny from Olympia WA gives an interview outside. He competed in the freestyle section of the competition.
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Competitor Ray Bartley gives an interview. Bartley participated in the natural full beard section of the competition.
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Contestants stand on stage during the Mustache category of the competition.
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Ben Davidson, of Ridley, PA, won the mustache section of the competition.
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Nate Stahura reacts to winning the "recession beard" section of the Competition. Stahura's beard was grown out over the course of five months of unemployment after being laid off as a financial broker.
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Beard Legend Jack Passion stands outside while he waits to participate in the "Natural Full beard" section of the competition. Jack is the 2007-2008 champion and hopes to win again.
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Event Organizer Matthew (Beardzzz) Saccoman mingles with event participants and attendees outside. Beardzzz decided to revive the competition after he attended a similar one in Brooklyn three years ago.
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Leon Lutz, of Lancaster, PA, speaks with a reporter outside after winning the "sideburn" section of the beard and mustache competition.
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The ladies weren't left out, able to compete in their own category of "ladies artificial".
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A participant in the "ladies artificial" category speaks with media outside.
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In between categories, about 1000 rowdy beard and mustache lovin' fans were entertained by many acts, including ZZ top tribute band "Cheap Sunglasses"
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