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This year’s World Beard and Moustache Championships are taking place in the small village of Leogang, Austria.

Located in the heart of Salzburg Land, Leogang is the capital of bearded people from all over the world from October 2 to October 4.

In 2005, Leogang was host to the Beard Olympics and in 2010 to the Beard European Championships.

Hirsute contestants from 20 countries have converged on Leogang for the event, with many of the competitors hailing from Germany and Austria.

Beards and moustaches were judged by a jury in 18 different categories, including best goatie, best stubble and best fashion beard.

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An American has swept the winning title of the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Leogang on October 3. Madison Rowley, a contestant from Portland, Oregon, beat hundreds of competitors from around the world and was crowned the winner of the “full natural beard” category.

Organizers of the event include the East Bavarian Beard Club and the Saalfelden-Leogang Tourist Office. Be prepared for Bier, Blasmusik, and Gemütlichkeit!


  • October 2nd: 5 year anniversary celebration of the band “Krainerwind”
  • October 3rd: Beard World Championship 2015
  • October 4th: 125th anniversary celebration of Leogang´s traditional marching band