Beards and moustaches in NY – level 3

12-11-2015 15:00

It’s a hair-raising sight! A parade of bearded and moustached men took to the streets of New York to promote Saturday’s 2015 National Beard and Moustache Championships. The facial hair festivity has been around since 1999 when its creator realised that America was underrepresented in international competitions.

“We have 18 different categories and each category is pretty specifically defined, and so in order to compete in a particular category you have to meet the requirements for that category. And sometimes that requires some rigorous training.”

The first place overall winner will receive a trip to next year’s championship to compete again. And the top three in each category will receive medals, and of course, bragging rights.

Some people take their hair growth process very seriously, not revealing their tricks for their hair on their chinny chin chins.

“I have a secret technique that I’d prefer not to give out on the air!”

The parade was certainly a hairy affair, but it remains to be seen who’ll be crowned the ultimate Mr Moustache USA.

Difficult words: hair-raising (this means two things—frightening and also to make someone’s hair raise up), festivity (a celebration, a party), rigorous (hard and careful), brag (to talk proudly about the things you have done), chinny chin chins (this refers to the story “The Three Little Pigs,” in which pigs say ‘not by the hair of my chinny chin chin’), on the air (on camera or on the radio), hairy (this means two things—having a lot of hair and difficult), affair (a situation), remains to be seen (it is not certain yet).

Source: www.ondemandnews.com

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