For American pogonophiles one of the attractions of the year was the Honest Amish National Beard and Moustache Championships, held recently at the Ford Wyoming Centre in Casper, Wyoming, which is held, inevitably, alongside the Bacon and Booze Festival.
As a warm up to the main events, 72 men with beards at least eight inches long stood side by side on the stage at Gaslight Social. They clipped their beads together to make a continuous chain 150 feet long. This beats the current Guinness World Record of 62 feet, 6 inches set in Germany in 2007. Organisers are awaiting official confirmation that they smashed the record.
It is a sport which grows on you.