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Published September 03, 2012, 08:14 PM

Facial Hair Contest Raises Funds for Shelter, Cultural Exchange Program

Facial-hair enthusiasts gathered over the weekend in Lansing, Michigan for the first-ever Great Lakes Regional Beard and Mustache Championship.

Facial-hair enthusiasts gathered over the weekend in Lansing, Michigan for the first-ever Great Lakes Regional Beard and Mustache Championship.

President of the Great American Fierce Beard Organization John Buckler says some of the greatest facial hair in the world was be on display. The competition was formally held Saturday night. A panel of judges awarded trophies to winners in categories including beards, muttonchops and mustaches. There was even an event for fake beards on women. Buckler says the female competition is probably his favorite, since the fake beards can get creative.

Proceeds from the championship are being donated to the Haven House Family Shelter and the Lansing Cultural Exchange Program. The Lansing Cultural Exchange Program sends students to Japan.

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