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34th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival & Buzzard Lope

January 26, 2018 - January 28, 2018

 Stan Gober, owner of Stan’s Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant in Goodland has been hosting the Mullet Festival and Buzzard Lope Queen Contest for 20 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 . . . .”

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.


Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant
221 Goodland Drive
Goodland, FL 34140 United States
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