What a weekend that was! I’ve only just found time to sit down and write a blog post about it. The WBMC is held every two years in locations all over the world. This year it was held in Antwerp, Belgium.
The ‘Beard World’ as it were is quite small but growing, fast. Many are put off attending or competing thinking it’s about the biggest, longest or the most larger than life outfit. It’s really not that. It’s a wonderful event that raises money for various charities, promotes inclusion and acceptance of all whilst having a jolly good time in the process.
Back to Belgium. Unfortunately, Mrs Jack couldn’t attend so I was flying solo (literally) in a country with a penchant for good beer and chocolate. What’s the worst that could happen right?
Lot’s of travel later (yay living in Cornwall) and I walk out of the stunning Antwerp train station and straight into the diamond district. Beards everywhere! The lovely thing about owning and running a beard company is I know many friendly faces from around the world and I felt instantly at home. Beers starting flowing and you can probably guess how the rest of the evening went.
Saturday morning and surprisingly fresh-faced and bushy-bearded, I strolled down to the exhibition centre at the Antwerp Zoo. The first chap I bump into? Captain Fawcett’s right-hand man. That’s another wonderful thing about having a company like this. Everyone is friends, there’s no rivalry or animosity.
For those that don’t know. Beard competitions are sectioned into categories depending on length, shape, styled or natural. The moustache categories fall along similar lines with slight variations for obvious reasons.
One of the obvious highlights of this trip was finally getting the chance to meet some of our Ambassadors. We chat online etc but to meet these guys who care about this company and want to help promote and spread the word was lovely.
Sunday morning rolled around and I was kindly asked by Mariner Jack Ambassador Andy Teague to attend a meeting to vote for who should host the 2023 WBMC. Now that may sound a little far away but these events are held all over the world. 2021, for example, is being held in Auckland, New Zealand. You need to give the hosting club time to prepare and attendees time to arrange flights and hotels etc.
We did it! 2023 WBMC is being held in Bristol, UK. Personally, I’m really excited about that. The icing on the cake was that Andy was made Vice President of the World Beard and Moustache Association! A real boon.
That afternoon was a blast! We held a beard and moustache parade through the centre of Antwerp. All in it was about 3 miles I think. Worth it though as at the end was a brilliant party held at the Antwerp moustaches association bar. Proper beer, live music and some amazing memories, same a little hazier than others.
That was it really, Monday was travelling day back to Cornwall to regale Mrs Jack with my bearded adventure.
To summarise. If you have any doubts about attending a beard competition, please put them aside. I've made friends for life at these events and I wouldnt want anyone to miss out on the fun.