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Goodland Mullet Festival held annually the weekend before superbowl



Stan Gober, owner of Stan's Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant in Goodland has been hosting the Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope Queen Contest for 12 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 Florida
1993 - Lauise Sutton from New York
1994 - Sandy Bryson from Goodland
1995 - Mary Miller from Michigan
1996 - Kellie from New York

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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.

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