Can mullets ever make a comeback? Probably not. However, if you ask any resident of Kurri Kurri, Australia, mullets never went away to begin with!
The town has long believed that the audacious hairdo originated in their area, and to celebrate this, they held Australia’s first ever mullet festival. Called Mullet Fest 2018, the event featured over 150 mullet-owners competing against each other at the Chelmsford Hotel.
Scenes from the inaugural Mulletfest 2018 at the Chelmsford Hotel, Kurri Kurri NSW, Australia. Celebrating the iconic mullet. Laurie Manuele, of Victoria cooling his mullet with a portable air conditioning unit, Bronson North-Batcheldor after purchasing a case of beer, Madeleine Moist & Zac Ralph getting their groove on to The Stunned Mullets band.
The competition had five ‘best mullet’ categories, namely: male, female, grubby, redhead, and best of the best.
Shane Hanrahan, whose waist-length mullet hasn’t been cut since 1986, recalled the feeling of winning the ‘best of the best’ category award.
“This is the first trophy I’ve ever had,” he said. “I can’t believe it.”
According to event host and local hairdresser Laura Hawkins, the festival was organised six months ago to celebrate the town’s connection with the hairstyle.
“The mullet scene is very strong here,” she said.
Check out some of the entries seen at Mullet Fest 2018 below. Who knows, any one of these hairdos may end up on your head soon!