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Photo Essay: The 3rd Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition

America might not be the most facial hair-friendly country in the world — surely that honor belongs to a Scandinavian nation, or perhaps good old face-freezing Russia — but on Saturday night, Coney Island was unquestionably the world capitol of facial foliage, thanks to the third annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition. There were muttonchops, soul patches, and goatees galore! There were moustaches of all kinds — fake, cartoonish, braided, villainously pointed — not to mention the antics of the judges, consisting of a straight-razor barber, a cowboy, a sword swallower, and a bearded lady. It was a celebration of the bewhiskered and their supporters, all fueled by ample quantities of Coney Island lager. Check out the best and most bizarre moments from the competition, after the jump.

The curled and gelled moustache was a popular choice — in fact the styled moustache was the competition’s largest category. These entrants complemented their facial hair with full-on dandy garb.