Two coulee region men grow award winning beards

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Two coulee region men grow award winning beards

Many men grow out their beards for the month of November. But some in the area are taking beard growing to the next level.

Two coulee region men grow award winning beards

Grow out their beards for the month of november.

But some in the area are taking beard growing to the next level.

News 8's alec giannakopoulos met a viroqua man with a beard that is considered the best in the world' mal... in honor of november...i myself grew out my facial hair for the last few days.

And while a few days doesn't give me much to work with... i met someone who's been working on his for 7 years...and has no plans to slow down.

Viroqua is the only place you can get custom made mugs by jason kiley.

"i make cups, mugs, bowls.

Anything that someone would want off the wheel."

But spinning the clay can be dangerous for him.

Nats of spinning wheel.

"the last thing i want is my beard to get hooked to the wheel, and me to get pulled down in a face full of clay."

Nats of door opening.

Jason has to keep his 24 inch beard in check before he can go about his day, and he keeps his beard care supplies in his closet, because his bathroom mirror is just too small.

"i'll first go through with a soft bristle brush."

Nats of brushing once it's brushed.

It's braided.

"i've definitely gotten quicker at it."

But jason's beard isn't always this well kept.

"i went from just the new big beard guy in town to oh that guy's the world champion."

Jason won the world championships for his freestyle beard two years ago.

He says he transfers the creativity from his pottery to his facial hair.

"i really wanted to get ridiculously good, and something completely ridiculous."

What's even more ridiculous is that jason isn't the only beastly beard in the area.

"hello andrew."

Andrew mattison lives in sparta, and won the national prize for best goatee this last month.

"i had horrible sideburns.

So as soon as i got in the community they were like you need to shave those off, you're a goatee guy.'

Like jason, andrew's beard does produce some workplace hazards.

"being in the food industry, i have to wear a beard net at all times.

Which beard nets that they have don't work with having a fourteen inch goatee."

Not to mention, everyday hazards.

"if you eat soup or ice cream or anything messy, it's going to get everywhere and people are going to stare at you more."

To help counter this, jason put his pottery skills to work.

"i started putting mustache guards in my coffee cup, which is a complete game changer."

But despite the inconveniences... "i've been fortunate to not get it caught in power tools, but there's people that have.

I have."

Both men laughing have made friends for a lifetime through competing.

"you keep in contact with the community like you do your family."

"it's a family reunion every couple of weekends i go."

Through competing...thes e two strangers became friends.

"i've always rooted for jason no matter where he goes."

And they've made friends with competitors across the country.

"i just find couches or spare bedrooms to sleep in rather than sleeping in hotels just by reaching out to someone i met once."

Because no matter where you are, these men have learned there's nothing thicker than the brotherhood of beards.

"it was an instant comradery i hadn't even felt before in any group."

And for amateur growers like me, both men recommend going to a beard competition, and meeting as many people as you can.

They say that the best way to get the best tips, and make some best friends, is meeting people at local competitions.

Both men will be at the battle of the beards' at pearl street brewery on november

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