Need something to do with your family and friends visiting from out of town? Goodlanders are busy preparing a jam-packed, fun-filled, and wildly popular weekend on January 25-27th that you won’t want to miss!
The 35th Annual Mullet Festival at Stan’s Idle Hour is the largest and one of the most well known events in Goodland. Beginning Friday, January 25th at 6 PM, the Shane Duncan Band kicks off the weekend festivities. Amazingly-talented country vocal group Neon Summer plays Saturday at noon, with the Fish Cleaning Contest at 3 PM and the Buzzard Lope Princess contest at 4 PM.
On Sunday the 27th, the local favorite Ben Allen Band croons country tunes at noon with the mother of all events, the Buzzard Lope Queen Contest at 4 PM. If you are scratching your head wondering what the Buzzard Lope Queen Contest entails, it’s best you witness this first hand. Contestants perform the “Buzzard Lope Dance” on stage, flapping their arms and strutting over their make-believe roadkill while wearing creative feathery costumes, as the “Buzzard Lope Song” is played by the band. The song was composed and sung by the legendary Stan Gober, original proprietor of Stan’s Idle Hour. Don’t forget to sample the fried and smoked mullet that will be served all three days. According to Steve Gober, owner/operator of Stan’s, “Around 1,500-2,000 pounds of mullet are served during the weekend.” If mullet isn’t your thing, the Marco Island Fire Department will be on hand serving hotdogs and brats, and of course, Stan’s will have their drink and restaurant menus handy. Thousands flock to Stan’s for this event, so come early for a buzzard punch and grab a table. For more information, visit their website at www.stansidlehour.net.
Forget your New Year’s Resolution and indulge at our all-you-can-eat Goodland Civic Association (GCA) Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27 from 8:30-11:30 AM at the Goodland Civic Center, 417 Mango Avenue. Volunteers will be serving pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for $5. Raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing take place each day. According to Goodlander Ed Fullmer, the breakfast started in 1998. “The GCA board members worked the breakfast, and served up pancakes using their own home grills. Water was brought from the side of the building from the water hose to wash dishes in buckets because there was no kitchen in the building then,” explained Ed. Now with a full functioning kitchen, an average of 400 delicious pancake meals are served during the weekend. Proceeds benefit the Goodland Civic Association’s building maintenance and improvements, the Goodland Scholarship Fund, and other GCA activities.
While on the island, take a complimentary golf cart shuttle over to the MarGood Harbor Park for the 6th Annual Goodland Arts and Crafts Fair on Sunday, January 27th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Over thirty vendors will be present, selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry, driftwood furniture and home decor, culinary delights, clothing, and hand-sewn items. Also, look for the hot dogs, popcorn, and balloon animal makers; fun for all ages! Music is being organized by our music man, Rob Brehm of Billy J & and Big Easy. Hats off to the numerous Goodlanders volunteering their weekend to man the tents, sell raffle tickets, bake homemade goods, drive the golf cart shuttles, strum music and tear down at the end of the day.
The weather is great, the people are friendly, and the music is unforgettable. I promise you a great time in Goodland. See you there!