38th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival

September 24, 2014




The 38th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival is calling the “Boggy” at heart home to Niceville to its annual celebration of local culture and cuisine. Regarded by some as the largest family reunion in the Panhandle, this year’s Mullet Festival will be held the weekend of Oct. 17-19. The enduring formula of top notch entertainment, great seafood, and superior arts & crafts offers all-around family fun.

Headlining the entertainment on Saturday night will be four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the year, Martina McBride. She has recently been nominated for a fifth CMA Female Vocalist award and will be performing on her autumn “Everlasting” tour. Red-hot country new-comer Dustin Lynch will open the Festival on Friday evening, and Mullet Festival favorite, Neal McCoy will anchor the entertainment on Sunday afternoon. Additional musical entertainment will be provided by Blackjack Billy, Mustang Sally, Red Roots, and local stars, Hunter Phelps and Crystal Yates.

Of course there will be plenty of fried and smoked mullet from the Boggy Boys, as well as an imposing variety of other seafood and coastal cuisine. Between mouthfuls Festival patrons may peruse a variety of arts and crafts displays, and kids will find plenty of fun at the midway, the clown shows and appearances by costumed characters.

The Mullet Festival site is located at the intersection of Hwy 85 N and College Road just north of town. Ticket prices (including concerts) for ages 12 and over are $10.00 per day, except for Friday and Saturday after 5 PM when the price is $15. Advance tickets at the rate of $9 each or 3 for $25 are available online or from numerous local ticket outlets.  Kids age 11 and under are free. Several acres of free parking will be provided. For more information about tickets and for other details, please visit

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The 2013 Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival will take place October 18th-20th at the corner of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard in Niceville, Florida.  Celebrating its 37th year, the Mullet Festival promises an exciting weekend the whole family will enjoy.  Peruse gorgeous and unique handmade arts & crafts.  Delight your taste buds with mullet, gator, shark, stir fry, gyros, onion blossoms, boiled peanuts and so much more.  Get up-close and personal with an array of reptiles in the Army Rangers’ tent.  The little ones are sure to have a rip-roaring time at the clown stage, and kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of exhilarating rides and games, with armbands available daily to allow the most bang for your buck.  The Mullet Festival is perhaps best known for bringing big-name entertainment to Niceville, and this year’s lineup is no exception.


Friday’s slate of performances will be capped off by Country hit-maker Justin Moore.  Songs like Small Town USA, If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away, Backwoods and ‘Til My Last Day have made him a mainstay on Country radio.  Moore’s third album, Off the Beaten Path, is set for release on September 17th, and he is adding another hit to his resume with the record’s lead single, Point at You.


Headlining Saturday night is the reigning ACM and CMA Top Vocal Duo Thompson Square, who recently released their second album Just Feels Good.  Husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson topped the charts with their second single, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not, and also reached #1 with If I Didn’t Have You.  Currently climbing the charts is their latest single, Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.


Go Rest High on that Mountain, Look at Us, Threaten Me with Heaven, Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away, and I Still Believe in You are just a handful from a vast catalog of hits from the unmistakable voice of Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, who will close out the festival on Sunday evening.  On his new album Bakersfield, the 20-time Grammy winner  teams up with famed steel guitarist Paul Franklin to pay homage to the “Bakersfield Sound” with the songs of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.


Also appearing are The Swon Brothers, Blackjack Billy, The Isaacs, Ben Portsmouth & the Taking Care of Elvis Band, Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, the Tayo Reed Band and 2011 winner of the Mullet Festival Singing Showdown, Parker Willingham.


Are you The Voice of Boggy Bayou?  Tryouts for 5th Mullet Festival Singing Showdown will take place Thursday, September 26th from 5-8pm and Saturday, September 28th from 9am-1pm at the Niceville Community Center.  A $25 entry fee is due upon audition.  Judges will choose 5 finalists to compete live on stage Friday, October 18th for a $500 cash prize and an opportunity to perform Saturday night.  Visit our website for entry forms and more details.


Advance tickets will be available for $9 each or 3 for $25 and can be purchased online or at a number of locations from Walton to Escambia County.  Tickets purchased at the gate are $10 Friday, $10 Saturday before 5pm, $15 Saturday from 5pm until close and $10 Sunday.


We hope you enjoy the 37th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival!




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There will be something for everyone at the 2012 Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival!  This year’s event, taking place October 19th-21st, will feature approximately sixty-five booths of beautiful artwork and handmade crafts.  Experience mullet, shark, gyros, boiled peanuts, cotton candy and the newest fried treats—with forty food booths, the possibilities are endless.    Visit with the Army Rangers and their tent full of creatures, or stop by the clown stage for a knee-slapping good time.  Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of carnival rides and games, with daily armbands available on-site.  To top it all off, the Mullet Festival stage will be blasting some of the hottest music of yesterday and today.


Friday’s headliner will be Georgia-bred country rapper Colt Ford.  His new CD, Declaration of Independence, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart in August, catching the music world by surprise.  It’s no surprise, however, to his throng of devoted fans that continues to grow, even though his brand of music receives little radio airplay.  Ford experienced a #1 hit as co-writer of Dirt Road Anthem, a song Jason Aldean broke boundaries with in 2011.  The Molly Ringwalds, the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest 80s Cover Band, will get the party started for Colt Ford.


After a stellar performance to close out last year’s festival, Jake Owen returns to headline Saturday night’s slate of entertainment.  Owen, a Florida native, has experienced a whirlwind year.  He got engaged, then married and is expecting an addition to the family in November.  Alone With You, the follow-up to his multi-week #1 hit Barefoot Blue Jean Night, spent two weeks atop the charts as well.  Jake spent the summer on possibly the biggest tour of the year, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brothers of the Sun Tour.  Beginning in October, Jake will venture out on a headlining tour of his own, as he was chosen to lead the 2012 edition of CMT on Tour.  Jake is also featured on Colt Ford’s new single, a retrospective tune called Back.  Two hot new acts will also be appearing Saturday night:  duo Florida Georgia Line, who have taken the Country Music world by storm with their single Cruise, and the group Due West, who recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut, and whose harmonies have been called “a three-lane road to magic.”


Kellie Pickler will close out the festival as Sunday’s headliner.  Kellie, an active supporter of the USO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, recently grabbed national headlines for shaving her head in support of her best friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June.  She has a big heart, a big voice and a catalog of songs that includes sassy singles such as Red High Heels and Best Days of Your Life along with emotional hits like I Wonder and Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.  Since auditioning for American Idol at the age of 19, Kellie has captivated Country Music fans with genuineness, just like her heroes Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn.  Local church groups will entertain the crowd during the afternoon and, continuing the tradition, no alcohol will be served on Sunday.


If you have ever dreamed of performing at the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, here is your chance!  The 4th edition of the Mullet Festival Singing Showdown, now known as The Voice of Boggy Bayou, will hold auditions at the Niceville Community Center on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6-8pm and Saturday, October 6th from 11am-3pm.  A $25 entry fee is due upon audition.  Judges will choose 5 finalists to compete on Friday, October 19th at the Mullet Festival for a $500 cash prize and the chance to perform Saturday night.  Visit our website for entry forms and more information.


The Mullet Festival can be found at the intersection of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard.  Tickets at the gate remain $10 daily and $15 Saturday from 5pm until close.  Children age 11 & under are free and do not require a ticket.  Advance tickets will once again be available for $9 each or 3 for $25 and can be purchased online or at a number of locations from Walton to Escambia County.


For detailed information on entertainers, tickets, and other activities, visit us online at

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Mullet Festival


The Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival always promises a good time for the entire family, and this year is no exception.  Art & craft booths will showcase the talents of local artists, as well as those from surrounding states. The food booths will be a hit with flavors from all over the world, and Mullet fans and newcomers alike can enjoy a taste of the local staple our Festival is named for.  Carnival rides, clown acts, magic shows and cartoon characters will be on hand for “children” of all ages, and the Mullet Festival stage will come to life each day with concerts by top Country stars and other musical acts.

 Friday night will feature the return of rising Country star Brantley Gilbert. Brantley has recently penned two #1 hits for Jason Aldean (My Kinda Party and Dirt Road Anthem).  His own single Country Must Be Country Wide is climbing the charts and is featured on the deluxe edition of his album Halfway to Heaven, which will hit stores September 13th.

 Trace Adkins is sure to be a crowd pleaser on Saturday night. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Trace has had 4 Grammy nominations and has won numerous ACM and CMT Awards. Trace has acted in motion pictures, been a voiceover artist, a social commentator, and was a finalist on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.  Trace’s song Just Fishin’ has become his 15th top-ten hit and is the lead single from his latest album Proud to Be Here.

 The tradition continues with Alcohol-Free Family Day on Sunday, October 23rd.  Sunday’s headliners are duo Steel Magnolia and Vero Beach native Jake Owen.  Steel Magnolia won season two of CMT’s Can You Duet? and after signing with Big Machine Records saw their debut single, Keep on Lovin’ You, reach #4 on the Country charts.  Jake Owen, the Academy of Country Music’s 2009 Top New Male Vocalist, has spent 2011 touring with Keith Urban and readying his third album for release.  The album sold 55,000 copies in its first week to top the Billboard Country Albums chart the same week the title track, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, became the #1 Country song.

 Performances by local church groups are always popular on Sunday afternoon.  Also taking the stage Sunday will be the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys Band, who recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut and have received national media attention with performances on Letterman, the Today Show and Huckabee.

 2011 will mark the third year of the Mullet Festival Singing Showdown.  Auditions will take place at the Niceville Community Center on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-2pm and Tuesday, October 4th from 6pm-8pm.  A $25 registration fee is due upon audition.  Five finalists will be chosen to compete Friday, October 21st around 7pm on the Mullet Festival stage for $500 cash and the opportunity to perform the following night during the Festival.  Visit the Mullet Festival page at for Singing Showdown information and entry forms.

 Also appearing are Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster and the Alabama Blues Brothers.  The complete schedule of events will be posted online closer to festival time.

This year’s Mullet Festival will be held October 21-23 at the intersection of Highway 85 North and College Boulevard.  Tickets at the gate will be $10 daily and $15 Saturday from 5pm until closing time.  Children age 11 & under are FREE.  Advance tickets are $9 each or 3 for $25 and can be purchased online or at numerous locations from Walton to Escambia County. 



The 34th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival promises a great time for

the entire family, with entertainment, the highest quality fine art and home

hand-crafts, and a staggering array of food concessions.

mullet fans will consume this humble fish that has played such an important

role in both the local economy and in the general nutrition of our culture.

This celebration of food and fun will take place on the weekend of

October 15-17.

Joe Nichols will be delighting the crowd at this year’s festival on

Saturday night. Also performing on Saturday will be Jerrod Niemann, The

Tip Tops, Bo Porter and .Caliber.

Performing on Friday night will be Brantley Gilbert, Damon Smith,

Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster and local favorite The BluesCrabs.

Several local church groups will perform Sunday afternoon.

Also performing Sunday will be Ronnie McDowell and The Stamps

and the Barry Fish Band. Closing out the festival will be Josh Turner.

For detailed information on entertainers and other activities, visit our

website at .

Not to be missed on the Children’s Stage will be an array of clown

shows, magic shows, and cartoon characters, which will particularly delight

the younger set.

Lots of hungry

The Mullet Festival is held at the intersection of Highway 85 North and

College Boulevard.



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