HELENA – A Helena man received acclaim this weekend at The World Beard and Moustache Championships.
Steffen Rasile, owner of Gulch Distillers, placed second in the world for Freestyle Sideburns and is Montana’s most decorated Beard competitor.
The Championship was held in Austin over the weekend. Over 750 competitors from 63 different countries competed in 27 different categories.
Rasile said that his beard was a year’s worth of length. It took him roughly 4 hours to get his beard ready for the competition that day.
The most important part for Rasile is the camaraderie that comes with the competition.
“It’s an amazing experience,” said Rasile, “With 760 competitors from all over the world you see some amazing beards. They just love the way people have styled their beards, and to be part of that group and be recognized with all of them is just a great feeling. “
Rasile added that if people are interested in competitive bearding the most important things are to stop shaving and have fun.
The next local beard competition will be during Oktoberfest at the Helena Civic center Sept. 22.
To view all the winners click here.