"The Mullet Festival"
Stan's Idle Hour Website...
 






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stan Gober, owner of Stan's Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant in Goodland has been hosting the Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope Queen Contest for 35 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 )
2016 - Tami Kelley from West Springfield MA
2017 - Lisa Bacewicz from Scituate, MA
2018 - "Fancy Nancy" Young from Fenton, MI

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 "Niles"
 2010 Queen Beverly Verhusen
For email inquiries, contact 'GatorGirl6@aol.com'
        2014 Mullet Festival Queen
Carrie
2017 Queen Lisa Bacewicz 
from Scituate, MA

2019 Mullet Queen McKenzie Rubenzer, Bloomer, WI