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Marvel at the National Beard and Moustache Championship competitors

This is a big hairy deal.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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Curling

Hundreds of competitors showed off their facial-hair skills at the 2019 National Beard and Moustache Championships this November in the Chicago area. Beard, mustaches and sideburns were on display in more than 50 categories, from surreal to stylish.

Here's Jason Kiley, who won Full Beard Freestyle at this year's National Championship.

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Batter up!

Stephen Casper won second place in Natural Sideburns. 

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Play ball

Chad Waggoner took second place in the Handlebar Moustache category.

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Impressive

MJ Johnson has won at the national championships four times in the past, but now serves as an organizer and a judge.

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Peacock style

The competitor who goes by Moustache Battista won first place in Freestyle Moustache. You may have seen him on American Ninja Warrior.

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Smokin'

The competitor who goes by Gandhi Jones is a multiple World Freestyle Moustache Champion and a multiple National Beard and Moustache Champion.

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Looking back

Gandhi Jones shaves a moustache on the back of his head and walks around the contest backwards, never breaking character.

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Skeleton crew

Jimmy Story and Mamie Johnson wore matching outfits, but they must compete separately. Women compete in Craft Beard categories which allows competitors to create beards out of anything they want, from bottle caps to bacon and beyond.

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Creative contestant

Anthony Carty won first place in Partial Beard Freestyle.

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New look

Anthony Carty again, with a very different look.

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Look familiar?

The contestant who goes by Spikey Mike showed off his "Silent Bob" look, resembling filmmaker Kevin Smith's movie character. Yep, his beard spikes shoot through his earlobes. He took third Place in Partial Beard Freestyle.

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Keepin' it real

Natali Johnston won first Place in Realistic Moustache, Craft Beard Category. She's one of the winningest women ever in the Craft Beard categories.

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Not easy being green

John Banks won third Place in Full Beard Freestyle.

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Purple reign

Dennis Gregory won first Place in the Groomed Beard Under 3 Inches category.

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Timber!

Addison Anderson in lumberjack garb.

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Two of a kind

Good friends Jason Kiley, left, took first place, and Joseph Farrell took second in Full Beard Freestyle.

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Fancy

Dan Lawlor is a multiple National Beard and Moustache Champion and a multiple World Beard and Moustache Champion.

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Elegance

First-time competitor Narinder Sabherwal took third place in the Full Beard Styled Moustache category.

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The eyes have it

Mark Byrnes took first place in the Full Beard Styled Moustache category

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Strike a pose

Bobb Burns in a Superman pose.

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Color my world

Wilbur Bogan sports a stylish beard and equally stylish jacket.

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Hypnotizing eyes

Mark Brzeszkiewicz's beard is impressive, but check out those eyes.

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Drink up

Miranda Faulkner competed in the Craft Beard category, Creative Moustache.

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Blast from the past

Josh Grinthorr Druin, Patrick Fette, Eric Simpson, Keith Brown and Jason T. Hall are all members of The Derby City Whisker Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
Judge MJ Johnson says, "They raided a local costume shop and all bought pirate outfits just for the competition and showed up looking like this!"

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Eye see you

Jonny Dingo knows how to pull off a look.

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Don't forget the Motor City

Timothy Shawn represents for Detroit.

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Redheads

Sean Logie and Ryan Lammey -- the red beards.

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You've got the look

Justin Meler's moustache and  cascading beard.

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Luck o' the Irish

Is it St. Patrick's Day already?

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First class

This competitor pulled off a very formal look.

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Hopping in

Judge and organizer MJ Johnson photobombs competitor John Banks. 

"I've never jumped into anyone else's photoshoot before," Johnson said. "I could tell John had a serious look on his face so, that combined with his gigantic green mohawk made me think 'rabbit ears' would be perfectly ridiculous."

Banks didn't seem to mind, writing on Facebook that this "has to be one of my favorite pics of the weekend."

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Lacy look

Sommer Hibbler's elegant black-lace look.

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Copper contraption

Now this is impressive.

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Gotta wear shades

Tyler Hill took second place in the Donegal category. The "Donegal" beard became famous when worn by President Abraham Lincoln.

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Gang of four

These contestants were the top four finishers in the Natural Goatee Wide Over 18 Inches category.

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Handling things

Jono Gross took third place in the Handlebar Moustache category.

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Surreal look

Nathan Wilson took first place in the Dalí Moustache category. World-renowned Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí sported one of the most famous mustaches in the world.

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Jolly old England

Patrick Fette took first place in the English Moustache category. He's also a World English Moustache Champion.

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Blue ribbon

The competitor who uses the name Snidley Wildstache won first Place in the Natural Moustache category.

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Very sharp

Stephen Eldorado knows how to come to the point.

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Close shave

Joel Troncoso won the 5'O Clock Shadow category. Contestants shave in the morning and are judged around 5 p.m. that same day to see how much facial hair they've been able to grow in that time period.

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Double take

Allen Eckert's impressive two-tone look.

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Badger State brotherhood

Jason Kiley, Walter Cnare and Ryan Lammey are all from Wisconsin, and all placed in their respective categories.

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