Michigan group set to host beard, moustache event

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Facial-hair enthusiasts plan to gather this weekend in Lansing for the first Great Lakes Regional Beard and Moustache Championship.

John Buckler is president of the Great American Fierce Beard Organization. He tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/Qxem8f ) that "some of the greatest facial hair in the world" will be on display.

The competition is scheduled for Saturday night. A panel of judges will award trophies to winners in categories, including beards, muttonchops and moustaches.

There's even an event for fake beards on women. Buckler says the female competition is probably his favorite, since the fake beards can get creative.

It's all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Haven House family shelter and the Lansing Cultural Exchange Program, which sends students to Japan.