Lou. man wins National Beard and Mustache Championship


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 3:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man has a lot to brag about, he took home first place in the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Las Vegas. WHAS11's Claudia Coffey sat down with the Highlands man whose growing fame is drawing worldwide attention.

Photos: US National Beard and Mustache Championship

Every morning Patrick Fette spends a little time in front of the mirror perfecting his mustache. Just a little bit of wax and his foot-long mustache is perfect, now he's got the medal to prove it.

"It was pretty crazy. There was a world champion in  my category," Fette, the National Mustache Champion, said.

 Fette competed in a couple of contests so he thought, why not?

"If you are ever gonna go to Vegas why not for something like the Beard and Mustache National Championships?" Fette said.

He specifically won in the English Style category which means, its parted in the middle and pulled tight and extremely long and slender.

"All the way out," Fette said.

He said it only took him about 15 months to grow it out, and believe it or not, it only takes him 5 to 10 minutes to get ready in the morning. He admits it's not so easy to maneuver it around.

"I don't wear it as much because since it sticks straight out. I have a tendency to turn and talk to somebody and poke them in the face. Or if I go to kiss my girlfriend and she can get this in the eye. And she doesn't appreciate that," Fette said.

Besides the medal, he won a  swag bag full of electric razors, a mason jar, a T-shirt and beard wash. More important than all the gifts, Fette said it's the honor of the win and representing Louisville on a national stage.

"If you place or win. It's a lot of fun," he said.

Fette is a member of the Derby City Whiskers Club, which is open to the public, and said he plans to compete in another competition in February..