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Business in leading, party in the trunk: Meet finalists of the united states Mullet Championships

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It has been 2 yrs since young Axel Wenzel started growing his mullet allbecause his uncle promised him an IROC-ZCamaro if he’d grow it until he turned 16.

Little did the 5-year-oldsmall-town Wisconsin boyknow his lusciouslocks would land him in thenational spotlight this week.

From spiky tops to patterns shaved on the sides, home-grown cutsbelonging to three dozenminors in the united states including Axel, have managed to get to the ultimate round of theUSA Mullet Championships.

Finalists from 16stateshopeto collect the title of best mullet in the country because of their age divisions and a$2,500 cash prize.

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“I needed to donate money,” Axel told USA TODAY on Wednesday after giggling when asked about why he entered your competition.

His mother, 34-year-old Jessica Wenzel,said if herson winshe plans to donatemoney to a homeless shelter near their house andtoa reptile shelter within their hometown of Brillion, just 25 milessouth of Green Bay.

To enter, kids from California to NEW YORK and Florida to NY submitted photos of these haircutsto garner enough likes on Facebook to advance to another round.Contestants submittedfront, back and side images of theirmullets in addition to a name for his or her locks.

Nearly 700 original entries for the kids’ divisionwas whittled right down to the remaining band of25. Eleven teens are competing within their category, down from 80 contest entrants.

The contest was already making rounds on social media marketing, with celebrities like J.J. Watt voicing their support for the mullet-laden youngsters.

Voting began Monday and is open until Friday for both divisions.

Listed below are photos of a few of the top kid and teenfinalists:

“Joe dirt? That you?” Mary Mittag-Youngblood commented on an image of kid finalist Rowan Wesley of Arkansas.

“Take it home to the 956. Texas baby!” Facebook user Brick Gonzalez commented on an image posted online of kid finalist Epic La Joya of Texas.

Three rounds later

Axel’s mother said that is her son’s first year in your competition. His mullet is known as”The Axel” since its his signature haircut now, she said.

“Personally i think like he was created to possess this hairstyle,” Wenzel said. “He’s among those kids that just will not care what anybody else thinks. He does what he really wants to do when he really wants to do it, with out a question.”

His momsaid whenshe learned a few of the kids Axel was against had parents with over 300,000 social media marketing followersshe wasn’t expecting him to help make the final cut.

I began to feel just like defeated. I was sort of exactly like, Well, it had been fun although it lasted. This can be the finish of it,” she said.

But after three rounds of voting, she said, Axelmade it in to the top 25.

“Come Friday, were hoping hes in a position to pull ahead,” Wenzel said. “If he doesnt win, its been so much fun having the ability to meet most of these kids and parents in this.”

‘If girls can perform it, I could do it’

Another Wisconsin boy who also managed to get to the very best of his division is 11-year-old Max Weihbrecht.

Max’s mom, Katie Weihbrecht said her soncame to her 1 day and asked if he could easily get a perm and a mullet.

“We sort of laughed about any of it and said, ‘No way,'” his mothersaid.

She later surprised him and allowed his hairdresser to provide him the cut.

Max’s ‘do is namedBill Ray after probably the most famous mullet men around: Billy Ray Cyrus.

If hewins, Max plans put prize money towarda red, 1980s Chevy pickup.

He also said does not have any intentions of cutting it any time in the future.

If he still has hair, Maxsaid he plans to help keep the style until he’s 80.

“(If) girls can perform it, Ican take action,” he said.

Feeling overlooked, adults?

Don’t worry, adults. You have before end of August to type in your actual age category.

The 2022 Men’s Open seriescontest is open for submissions. The winner gets$2500 in cash, the united states Mullet Championships Trophy and all of the mullet fame they are able to take.

Register hereto cover the $10 entry fee.The entry fee would go to Stop Soldier Suicide.

Start to see the full set ofkid’s division finalists and teen division finalists here.

Contributing: Danielle DuClos, Green Bay Press-Gazette; Camille Fine, USA TODAY.

Natalie Neysa Alund covers trending news for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on Twitter@nataliealund.

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