Business in the front, party in the back: Meet finalists of the USA Mullet Championships

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It’s been two years since young Axel Wenzel started growing his mullet – all because his uncle promised him an IROC-Z Camaro if he would grow it until he turned 16.

Little did the 5-year-old small-town Wisconsin boy know his luscious locks would land him in the national spotlight this week.

From spiky tops to patterns shaved on the sides, home-grown cuts belonging to three dozen minors across the country including Axel, have made it to the final round of the USA Mullet Championships.

Finalists from 16 states hope to take home the title of best mullet in the nation for their age divisions and a $2,500 cash prize.

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Axel Wenzel, 5, of Brillion, Wisconsin, poses for his submission photo for the USA Mullet Championships.

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

His mother, 34-year-old Jessica Wenzel, said if her son wins he plans to donate money to a homeless shelter near their home and to a reptile shelter in their hometown of Brillion, just 25 miles south of Green Bay.

To enter, kids from California to North Carolina and Florida to New York submitted photos of their haircuts to garner enough likes on Facebook to advance to the next round. Contestants submitted front, back and side images of their mullets as well as a name for their locks. 

Nearly 700 original entries for the kids’ division was whittled down to the remaining group of 25. Eleven teens are competing in their category, down from 80 contest entrants.

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



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