They came from far and wide to enter the most Aussie competition ever. Mulletfest 2020 at the Chelmsford Hotel had 245 entries from all over the country and a huge international contingent from Norwary, Canada, The UK and the United States. All just for the glimmer of hope that they would win the coveted title of Best Mullet of them all.
You have to win one of the categories to become the ultimate winner. So with the winners of Ranga, International, Vintage, Grubby, Everyday, Extreme and Peoples Choice all on the stage. It was announced that our Vintage winner Paul Gee took out the Grand Prize.
Paul had travelled all the way from Heathmont, Victoria and has been growing his mullet all his life just preparing for this moment and when asked how he felt on stage he said "it was a dream came true". He also commented on the more then 100 young people in the under 18 sections saying they were the future of our country.
We also had her very first marriage proposal. Kirsten and Tony got engaged on the main stage in front of a cheering crowd. Laura from the Chelmsford Hotel kindly offered to host the wedding so you never know, next year we might have our very first Mulletfest Wedding.
Mark Hughes joined the judges on stage to hand out the top prizes. All the money raised goes to a cause is close to our hearts. Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children, and adults aged under 40 in Australia, yet alarmingly very little is known about brain cancer, its causes or how it is treated! That is why the Mark Hughes Foundation was formed so that research can be carried out to decrease mortality rates and decrease the incident of brain cancer in Australia.
Part of the reason the money raised has always gone to brain cancer research is the close friendship between creator of Mulletfest and licencee of The Chelly, Laura Johnson and Matt and Carly Forster. Matt was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in 2011. Thankful Matt responded well to treatment and the couple went on to have two beautiful children. Carly appeared on Sunrise just prior to last years festival, with Matt smiling at her proudly off camera, to talk about the important work done by the Mark Hughes Foundation and how instrumental they had been during her and Matt's journey.
Sadly just days after last years event, Matt fell ill and and soon after lost his battle with the disease. It was heartbreaking for this young family to lose a husband and a father and a real world reminder that there is still so much work to be done. His wife Carly is still a huge part of Mulletfest and was one of the friendly faces that people saw as they registered this year.
Laura Johnson had put her own beautiful blonde locks on the line prior to the event. As she was one of the few people in her family not sporting a mullet, she said that if people donated generously to the Mark Hughes Foundation she would get a mullet. True to her word on the Friday night before Mulletfest at the very first Rookie event (for people who have had their mullet two years or less) she had her hair cut and showed off her new mullet all day as she hosted on stage with our good friend Prousty who also has a brain cancer diagnosis and credits Mark Hughes Foundation for even being alive to be able to host this amazing event.
The party went on well into the night and we are looking forward to doing it all again next year. We want to take this change to thanks all out sponsors and volunteers without whom this whole event would not be possible.