The competition was hairy.

A record 210 competitors from 17 states and hundreds more onlookers showed their face at the Fourth Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships at Charleston’s Music Farm.

Bradley Adams, Lt. Commander of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, said The evening’s event was expected to be one of the bushiest competitions in the nation this year, almost as big as September’s national championship in New Orleans.

Commander Paul Roof said the appeal lies in part with the notion of spending Memorial Day weekend in downtown Charleston during the start of Spoleto.

“Everybody just gravitates to it,” he said.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.