Mullet Fest 2018 a hit at Kurri Kurri

​TO the untrained eye, there is only one type of mullet.

But, mullet fans know there is much more to the 1980s hairstyle.

Judges arrived at Chelmsford Hotel Kurri Kurri on Saturday to choose who would be crowned a winner at the inaugural Mullet Fest.

They had the difficult task of choosing the best mane in each category – every day, grubby, ranga, ladies and junior mullet and publican.

Paterson MP and Mullet Fest 2017 judge Meryl Swanson said people had embraced the event and its atmosphere was “absolutely fantastic”.

“It’s a bit like the mullet itself, you know, business at the front and party at the back,” she said.

“In fact it’s interesting because there’s actually a lot of care and pride that goes into these hairstyles.

“And, that’s a bit like Kurri – we care about the town and we’re very proud of it.

“It’s great to really encourage some good, clean fun, but also support local business and bring more people to our town.

“I think it will be longer and stronger next year, like a true mullet.”

Jess Hill, mother of three-year-old mullet-wearing Gabriel, travelled from Wollongong to join hundreds of other mullet enthusiasts.

“I believe that our Aussie culture needs to be preserved in our kids,” she said.

“I’m very proud to be Australian and I’m proud of what our country is.

“I’m proud of our multiculturalism, but I’m [also] proud of our traditional Aussie culture and I want that for our children.”

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