Though Come and Shave it 10, the big beard competition hosted by the Austin Facial Hair Club, is now history, if you're on Facebook you can live it vicariously through this photo album with more than 400 photos posted by Joe Friendly. The event was huge, with some categories having more than 100 contestants!
What I hope you notice in perusing these photos is that among the absolutely breath-taking, world-class beards you'll also see loads of average bearded guys there having a blast, and many women too. I hope you'll also find some inspiration here, as I did when I saw the guy with a beard similar to mine wearing two fine braids that lay atop his beard. I gotta go try that!
If you haven't attended or competed in a beard contest I strongly encourage you to do so. Rather than being hotbeds of machismo the events are where, pardon the pun, guys from all walks of life can come and let their hair down with no pretense or judgement (well, at least when you're not on stage).