Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
The Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival is an annual seafood and arts festival held in Niceville, Florida, United States, beginning the third Friday in October. The main attractions are music, food (especially fried mullet), rides and a wide variety of arts and crafts.
This festival is named after the mullet, a fish found in abundance in the local waters. While it is a common misconception, the mullet haircut is not the origin of the festival's name.
The festival was founded by Walter Francis Spence Jr. in 1976. The first Mullet Festival took place on September 24th, 1977. Now the festival lasts three days, starting the third Friday in October, and ends Sunday after dark. Alcohol is not served on Sunday. In recent years, the festival has typically had attendance over 40,000 for the weekend.
Chantal, Hollywood entertainment reporter for ABC's "Good Morning America," broadcast from the festival on Friday, October 20, 1989. During the broadcast, festival founder, Francis Spence, and local James Campbell demonstrated how to catch and fry mullet.
In 2009, a third annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival T-shirt made by Tailgate Clothing Company appeared in Season 2 of the HBO series, "True Blood" (Episode 3 - "Scratches"). A representative from the show said that she found the shirt on a Web site she used to outfit some of the characters. A Mullet Festival T-shirt had also appeared on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" (Season 4, Episode 1), according to Niceville City Manager Lannie Corbin.
2013 - Vince Gill, Justin Moore, Thompson Square, The Swon Brothers, Blackjack Billy, The Isaacs, Ben Portsmouth Ultimate Elvis Tribute, Parker Willingham, Dr. Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster, Tayo Reed Explosion, Big Water, NWFSC Soundsations
1994 - Daron Norwood
1991 - The Temptations
1989 - New Grass Revival
- Official Website of the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
- City of Niceville website
- Food Fest! Your Complete Guide to Florida's Food Festivals
- The Original Online Guide to the Mullet Festival
- Rolfsen, Bruce, "'Mullet gets shot at TV,'" Northwest Florida Daily News, Saturday 21 Oct 1989, p 1A.
- Brooks, Robbyn, "'True Blood' fad: Mullet Festival,'" Northwest Florida Daily News, Monday 14 Sep 2009, p A3.