Time to party like it’s 1983 – don’t miss NSW mullet festival!

Billy Ray Cyrus' mullet was nearly as famous as his Achy Breaky Heart.

Billy Ray Cyrus' mullet was nearly as famous as his Achy Breaky Heart.

YOU might have already heard about the inaugural Mullet Festival that’s coming up.

And yes, it’s still 2018, in case you were wondering.

Kurri Kurri, in the Hunter Valley, will host the festival to celebrate a haircut that arguably epitomised toughness and sexuality in the 1980s.

Some claim the town is the Australian home of the mullet hairstyle.

The Mullet Fest will centre around a competition to award the best mullet in five categories – every day, grubby, ranga, ladies and junior mullet and publican.

After the winner in each category is announced, the person with the "best mullet of them all" will be crowned, hairdresser and festival host Laura Hawkins told AAP on Wednesday.

To help inspire you ahead of the February 24 event, we’ve compiled a handful of the best celebrity mullets over the years.

The global origins of short on top, long at the back hairstyle go back at least as far as the Roman empire.

The style became popularly known as the "mullet" following the release of the Beastie Boys' 1994 song Mullet Head according to the Macquarie Dictionary.

Ms Hawkins wants to show the hairstyle deeply rooted in Kurri.

But she needs more red-heads and ladies to enter the competition.

"I see plenty of lady mullets walking around town but I know they're not signed up," she said.

"I think they're a bit shyer than the proud male mullet."

Entrants will be judged on their haircut, overall presentation and stage presence.

The festival will be at the Chelmsford Hotel on February 24.

 – with Australian Associated Press

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