The 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championships took place in Wittersdorf, France on Sept. 22, 2012. About a hundred participants from all around the globe gathered in the in the Alsace region to show off their funky facial hair, their appearance accentuated with crazy costumes and bizarre hats. Some participants chose to keep their facial hair in its natural state while others had to use sticky tape or grips to keep their beards stashed properly.
German hairdresser Elmar Weisser, 48, shows off his beard, which is shaped like a stork, during the 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championships in Wittersdorf near Mulhouse, Eastern France. Weisser, who won the World Beard and Moustache Championship in 2011, ranked second in the freestyle category this year.
Elmar Weisser is helped by his wife as he gets ready
The judges give their scores as as a competitor stands on stage
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