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Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

by S. Lynne on October 13th, 2020

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss contestant and onlookers on the beachIf you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in local waters –  from a 10-foot circle on the beach in Florida across the state line into Alabama. Tosses of more than 150 feet have been recorded for the winners. At the event’s end, organizers feed the used mullets (frozen, not fresh) to the seagulls or donate them to the zoo.

Bucket of frozen mullets on ice at the annual Flora-Bama Mullet Toss.Dates for the 2020 Flora-Bama Mullet Toss, originally scheduled for spring but cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, have now been set for October 23, 24, and 25. (Free masks will be available, but masks will not be mandatory.) The fun starts at 10 a.m. each day for kids, and noon to 4 p.m. daily for adults. The cost for the privilege of tossing a mullet is $15 per person, and all contestants receive an Interstate Mullet Toss T-shirt. The event is cash only, but there are plenty of ATMs onsite.

Finals will be held all three days at 4:30 p.m., and winners will be announced daily in each category. (Categories are based on age and gender.) Local celebrities will also come out daily at 4 p.m. to toss a few fish, but won’t be eligible for prizes.

Proceeds from the Mullet Toss, which average around $40,000 each year, benefit the Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc., local boys’ and girls’ clubs, and youth groups on both the Alabama and Florida sides of the line.

Find Accommodations

Need a place to stay while you’re in town for the Mullet Toss? Find nearby  Gulf Shores vacation rentalsPerdido Key vacation rentals, and Pensacola Beach Vacation Rentals on BeachGuide.com.

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