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Mullet maestros to vie for crown

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The inaugural event spread like wildfire from Kurri Kurri to Russia.

Mullet maestros will get another crack at the title of best cut during a celebration of the iconic 1980s hairstyle at the Chelmsford Hotel, Kurri Kurri, on Saturday 23 February.

Hotelier and Mulletfest organiser Laura Johnson said what started out as an idea over drinks quickly became a runaway success.

“It was designed to become a tourist attraction for the town, to encourage people to come along and see what Kurri Kurri has to offer,” she told Newcastle Weekly.
“We’re really excited by the support of local businesses, and hotels and motels here are booked out.

“A lot of people who came to see our town of murals are coming back again.

“There will be a television crew flying in from Croatia for a documentary on festivals around the globe, and we’ll have camera crews and journalists coming from Germany and France too.”

Mulletfest will honour the best cuts in various categories, including everyday, grubby, ranga (red hair), vintage, extreme, international and junior.

All competition entrants are judged on their haircut, overall presentation and stage presence.

The person with the ‘Best Mullet of them All’ will be crowned on the day.

Ms Johnson added Golden Guitar winner, Lyn Bowtell, helped write a song about Mulletfest called Party at the Back.

It was recorded and produced by renowned Hillbilly Hut studio owner Simon Johnson.

All proceeds from the song, which organisers hope to release prior to the event, will go to the Mark Hughes Foundation.

“Mark is obviously a Kurri boy, but we also have some close family friends who are struggling with brain cancer, so we wanted to help them,” Ms Johnson said.

“It’s super important that we put money into research, but Mark’s foundation is also helping families today as well.”

A Mulletfest warm-up party is marked down for the day before the big event – Friday 22 February –at the hotel.

Festivities will then kick off at 10am on the Saturday.

Entries for this year’s event close today (Thursday 14 February).

Go to mulletfest.com.au for more information or to register.

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