Emcee’s Billy O and Jeff Hilt dodge buzzard wings as they lead the ladies through the competition.
Calling herself the “Jane Doe USA Buzzard,” this patriotic feathered friend was Buzzard Queen runner-up and winner
of Best Costume.
Jingles Gronotte of Northern Kentucky was crowned the 2013 Buzzard Queen, receiving a trophy, a $100 reward and Buzzard Queen bragging rights. Once a queen, always a queen! Congratulations Jingles!
The crowd of thousands cheered on contestants, choosing the victor by loudest applause. Photos by Natalie Strom
Contestant Kerry Fagan flaps her wings to the cheers of the crowd.
Legendary Queen Mary shows off the 2013 Buzzard Queen trophy.
By Natalie Strom
YOU can do the Buzzard Lope! The culmination of the 29th Annual Mullet Festival at Stan’s in Goodland featured the one and only Buzzard Queen Competition. Nine contestants flapped their feathered wings to Stan’s legendary “Buzzard Lope.” But only one would be crowned Queen of the Festival.