The Buzzard Lope Page
Stan's Idle Hour Website...
THE BUZZARD LOPE QUEENS OF
GOODLAND FLORIDA:







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stan Gober, owner of Stan's Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant in Goodland has been hosting the Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope Queen Contest for 20 years. The Buzzard Lope is a dance based on "The Buzzard Lope Song" composed and sung by Stan. Some of the words are:

"Going down the highway feeling fine
Doing 55 and right on time
Look up ahead and saw something in the highway, looks dead
A bunch of buzzards standing around
They all step back, with a lot of hope
Start doing the Buzzard Lope . . . .
Flap your wings up and down
Take a few steps back
Go 'round and 'round . . . ."



Buzzard Lope Queens:

1985 - Laura Britton from Isles of Capri
1986 - Dee Nountany from Wisconsin
1987 - Muriel LaCrosse from Ohio
1988 - Betty Christopherson from Wisconsin
1989 - Debbie Likens from Miami
1990 - Mary Martin from Naples Florida
1991 - Vicki Clark from Goodland
1992 - Sandy Goddard from Ft. Lauderdale
1993 - Lauise Sutton from New York
1994 - Sandy Bryson from Goodland
1995 - Mary Miller from Michigan
1996 - Kellie Plishka from New York
1997 - Sharon Sanandrea from NC
1998 - Rochelle Gail from NJ
1999 - Jenny Peters from Goodland
2000 - Paula Bauman from CO
2001 - Maureen Thompson from OH
2002 - Sharie Kern from Bonita Springs
2003 - Diana Decko from KY
2004 - Amelia Bird
2005 - Diane Cole from MN
2006 - Christina Sanchez
2007 - Martini Doamer
2008 - Linda Young from MN
2009 - Natalie Storm from IL (Queen)
         - Farran Parker (Princess)
2010 - Beverly Verhusen from Naples FL
2011 - Alane Summers from IN
2012 - Kerri Melzl  from Illinois
2013 - Jingles Gronotte from Kentucky
2014 - Carol Bryant of Goodland
2015 - Kristin Ruocchio from NJ ( Princess: Haley Lamb from Naples )
The three-day festival attracts nearly 5,000 people to Goodland. Fried and smoked mullet are featured and in addition to the Buzzard Lope Queen event there is also a Buzzard Lope Princess day when girls from ages 6 to 16 compete for the title, a trophy and cash prizes. 













Billy Oliver MC's the 2011 contest.
Kim gave it her all...
Judge "Nile"
2010 Queen Beverly Verhusen
For email inquiries, contact 'GatorGirl6@aol.com'
       2014 Mullet Festival Queen
Carrie
2015 Queen Kristin Ruocchio from NJ