Burke T. Kenny of Olympia, Washington sports a foot long full beard with an untrimmed moustache that has earned him three world titles (Brighton 2007, Trondheim 2011, and Leinfelden-Echterdingen 2013) so far in the “full beard styled moustache” category. He also boasts a national championship title in the same category, earned in Las Vegas in 2012.
Many bearding fans were surprised when the judges overlooked Burke at the 2009 worlds in Alaska. He sat out the 2010 Nationals, electing to judge instead, and then got sweet revenge in Norway when he struck gold again.
Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in music and is bassist of blues/rock band Hitchkick, who perform throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
Burke has achieved several other forms of facial hair recognition in addition to his many awards, including numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, and Evening Magazine, and his own Topps trading card.