Australian town prepares for mullet festival

The categories are: everyday mullet, grubby mullet, ranga mullet, ladies' mullet and junior mullet.
The categories are: everyday mullet, grubby mullet, ranga mullet, ladies' mullet and junior mullet. Photo credit: Getty

An Australian town is preparing to host a mullet festival, to determine who has the most stylish take on the iconic hairstyle.

Contestants will be judged on their haircut, overall presentation and stage presence at Mullet Fest in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales.

The categories are: everyday mullet, grubby mullet, ranga mullet, ladies' mullet and junior mullet.

The top prize is the best mullet overall, which can come from any category.

Festival co-organiser and hairdresser Laura Hawkins told the Daily Telegraph there have been 50 entries so far.

"There's such a variety: there are the hardcore, tough mullets, but also the coiffed, well-cared-for kind," she said.

The mullet peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and the term was coined by the Beastie Boys in their 1984 hit Mullet Head, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Famous figures who have rocked a mullet include Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Hulk Hogan, George Clooney and even Ellen DeGenres.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shared a photo on Instagram of herself rocking a mullet as a child. 

"For every grown up photo of a kiwi, there'll be one of them sporting a full 80s mullet too," she said.

Mullet Fest will be held on February 24 at the Chelmsford Hotel, Kurri Kurri.

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