Mulletfest draws in huge crowds as hundreds of Aussies show off their weird and ... trends now
Some of Australia's most luxurious mullets have descended on a small town to compete in the nation's premiere pageant for the iconic haircut.
Taking place on Saturday at the Hebburn Motorsport Park, west of Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, Mulletfest attracted hundreds of competitors and fans from across the country to see who would be crowned the best mullet of 2023.
With competitors battling in 13 seperate categories including best vintage, extreme, everyday, grubby and 'Ranga' (ginger), the competition was stiff to take home a coveted trophy and become part of mullet history.
The pageant even includes four junior categories with age ranges from new-borns to 17-year-olds with many of them giving the adults a run for their haircut.
Mulletfest has skyrocketed in popularity globally after it's inaugural year in 2018 as a way to attract tourists to the nearby town of just 6,000-people, Kurri Kurri, and keep a local pub from closing down.
The competition also helped the hairstyle rise back into prominence in 2020, coined the 'year of the mullet', after previously being shunned as a 'bogan' haircut.
The Mane Event: Australia's premiere mullet pageant, Mulletfest, has pitted some of the nation and world's most luscious business in the front and party at the back haircuts against each other
Attendees braved scattered showers to get to the pageant in Kurri Kurri, west of Newcastle, to watch as competitors compete in 13 seperate categories
This year's Mulletfest saw a new winner taking home the best everyday and best overall mullet, Mitchell White (pictured), for his wavy brown mullet stretching from his classy fringe all the way back to below his neckline
Those competing on Saturday were the cream of the mullet crop after having won gruelling heats with others hoping to make it to the now internationally renowned competition
Mulletfest even offers four age ranges for children aged from newborns to 17-years-old who give some of the adults a run for their haircut with particularly luxurious mullets
Those competing on Saturday were the cream of the mullet crop after having won gruelling heats in months prior against others hoping to feature in the internationally renowned competition.
While a large portion of adjudication goes towards conditioning and overall style of the mullet, the showmanship and on-stage presence of contestants is also taken into account in determining a winner.
'We understand that it's the man or woman beneath the mane that matters. You need to be willing to look around, celebrate diversity and understand that maybe the heart is as big as the hair,' the competition's website reads.
This year's competition saw a new champion crowned in Mitchell White, sporting a wavy brown mullet stretching from a classy fringe to back below his neck-line, beating out past champions in the everyday and overall categories.
Mulletfest introduced the best international mullet to cater for those coming from overseas to compete in the now globally-renowned pageant.
This year's international winner, a military doctor from Bournemouth, England, Alistair Bush, likened his campaign for overall champion to the origins of the Ashes test cricket series between England and Australia.
'There's something quite funny, I think, about an Englishman coming to Australia and winning a mullet