Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mullet Fest Returns For 34th Year


The MIFRD was on hand serving hot dogs and bratwurst in an effort to raise money for Captain Andy Marfongella of the North Collier Fire and Rescue District. Marfongella was recently diagnosed with lung and liver cancer.

The MIFRD was on hand serving hot dogs and bratwurst in an effort to raise money for Captain Andy Marfongella of the North Collier Fire and Rescue District. Marfongella was recently diagnosed with lung and liver cancer.

Thousands of people flooded to Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for the 34th annual Mullet Festival, a time honored tradition that celebrates excess.

The three-day event included live country music, tons of fried/smoked mullet and other seafood, rum-infused Buzzard Punch, an art show, and, as always, the beloved Buzzard Lope Queen competition.

The Joel Fry Band performed a medley of country music favorites.

The Joel Fry Band performed a medley of country music favorites.

Stan Gober, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 86, created the now infamous festival. The tradition has gained a cult-like following and has continued dutifully in his honor. His son Steve Gober now runs it.

This year, part-time Marco Island resident “Fancy” Nancy Young took home the title of Buzzard Lope Queen. Young won the affection of the crowd with her bird-like dance moves and all black ensemble, which featured an ornate feathered headpiece, a prosthetic bird beak, and stuffed buzzard accessories.

 

The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department was also on hand serving hot dogs and bratwurst in an effort to fundraise for Captain Andy Marfongella of the North Collier Fire and Rescue District. Marfongella was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. In 2017 it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch location under the Andy Marfongella Donation Fund.

Prior to the competition, Buzzard Lope Queen hopeful Marie Harvey campaigned along the outskirts of Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.

Prior to the competition, Buzzard Lope Queen hopeful Marie Harvey campaigned along the outskirts of Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.

Buzzard Lope Queen contestant Marie Harvey took to the stage wearing black and red feathers and a Mardi Gras-style mask.

Buzzard Lope Queen contestant Marie Harvey took to the stage wearing black and red feathers and a Mardi Gras-style mask.

   

Goodland resident Angie Moore came in second place in the Buzzard Lope Queen competition.

Goodland resident Angie Moore came in second place in the Buzzard Lope Queen competition.

   

The two Buzzard Lope Queen finalists Angie Moore (left) and “Fancy” Nancy Young with emcee Jeff Hilt. Though the race was close, “Fancy” Nancy of Fenton, Michigan walked away with the crown.

The two Buzzard Lope Queen finalists Angie Moore (left) and “Fancy” Nancy Young with emcee Jeff Hilt. Though the race was close, “Fancy” Nancy of Fenton, Michigan walked away with the crown.

 

Goodland resident Angie Moore came in second place in the Buzzard Lope Queen competition.

Goodland resident Angie Moore came in second place in the Buzzard Lope Queen competition.

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