The 22nd annual Mullet Tossing Championship will take place at Matlacha Community Park for competitors of all ages who want to try a hand at throwing a mullet the farthest distance next weekend.
The Matlacha Mariners event will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the event. It is $5 per toss for adults and $2 per toss for children.
"It's a real super fun event," said Mariner Rick Williams, organizer of the event.
The children's competitions run from 10:30 a.m. until noon, which includes the groups fry mullet, 1- to 5-year-olds; fingerling mullet, 6- to 10-year-olds and juvenile mullet, 11- to 15-year-olds. The competition is open to both girls and boys.
"Come early and watch the kids throw," Williams said. "It's a real hoot."
The adult competition will run from 12:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and includes the groups adult mullet, 16- to 60-year-olds and grey mullet, 61 years old and older. The competition is open to both men and women.
If You Go
What: 22nd Annual
Mullet Tossing Championship
Organizers: Matlacha Mariners
When: Saturday, March 23,
from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Where: Matlacha Community Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, N.W.
Registration time and fee:
10 a.m.; $5 per toss for adults and $2 per toss for kids 15 years old and younger
10:30 a.m. until noon
Adult competition: 12:15-4:30 p.m.
Prizes, trophies and plaques will be given to the winners.
There will be free parking and free admission for the event.
The event also will have hamburgers, hot dogs, peel-and-eat shrimp from the Olde Fish House Marina and smoked mullet. Williams said they also will have beer, wine, soda and water for sale.
There are no pets, carry-in coolers or outside beverages allowed at the event.
Matlacha Community Park is at 4577 Pine Island Road, N.W.
For more information call Rick Williams at 239-898-5004.
Vendors interested in participating in the event can call Frank Harrison at 239-777-9399.
Money raised will benefit one of the many charities the Matlacha Mariners support.