Mulletfest organiser Laura Johnson says she's ready to join the club

NEW LOOK: Mulletfest organiser Laura Johnson with sons Lev, 12,yrs and Max, 6. Picture by Simone De Peak
NEW LOOK: Mulletfest organiser Laura Johnson with sons Lev, 12,yrs and Max, 6. Picture by Simone De Peak

She's the woman behind the famous Mulletfest, but Laura Johnson has managed to keep her locks mullet-free since the event began back in 2018.

But all of that looks set to change this year.

Laura, who is a hairdresser by trade, is promising to go full business in the front, party in the back if the event manages to raise $20,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation, in memory of Laura's friend Matthew Forster, who died of brain cancer after last year's Mulletfest.

The idea came about after the Chelmsford Hotel event was featured on the Today Show earlier this year.

Laura said several people commented on social media saying she should put her money (or hair) where her mouth is and don the iconic cut.

"So I thought I should really put it on the line and do it," she said.

I thought I should really put it on the line and do it.

Laura Johnson

The cut and style session is set to take place at the pre-party on Friday night, where a rookie event will be held for the first time. The rookie section is for those who have only rocked a mullet for two years or less.

"I'm becoming a rookie," Laura said with a laugh.

Alyce Atkins from Alyce's Hair Design will do the honours with the scissors and Laura said she's going for a Miley Cyrus style mullet.

Aussie bush poet Prousty is coming along on the night to compare the event.

Laura said how long she decides to keep the look will depend on how much money is raised for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

"I think people need to get their money worth," she said.

The main event on Saturday is shaping up to be another roaring success this year. A whopping 242 people have signed up to compete for ultimate glory in junior, everyday, extreme, grubby, ranga, international and vintage categories.

Saturday's entries have closed but the rookie section is still open.

In more Mulletfest news, Lee Nesbitt from Nesbitt Hair and Body in Newcastle has been announced as a judge for the competition.

Lee has judged hairdressing competitions in the past, but something tells us this is going to be different from anything he's experienced.

The fun all takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Chelmsford Hotel in Kurri Kurri. Visit Mulletfest on Facebook for more details.

This story Laura puts locks on the line first appeared on The Maitland Mercury.