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29th annual mullet toss along Alabama/ Florida line

10:09 AM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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Pensacola, FL - It's become an annual event, nearly 25,000 people gather along the Florida-Alabama state line to throw fish at each other.

What is a mullet? It's a dead fish, weighs about a pound. The idea is to see how far you can throw it past the state lines.
It's slimy.  Holding it, much less throwing it, wouldn't seem that fun, but it is.

Just ask Ty Bliankenship from Tennessee.

"Just fold it in half and threw it as hard as i could...and let it rip."

He and his family didn't even know what a mullet toss was.

"My brother said, what are you gonna do, 'throw mullets around?' he was thinking it was a haircut, hahahah."

The Shrimp Basket down the street is waiting for dinner time.

That's when the crowds will stop in, like they have all weekend.

They came from down from the mullet toss and you have large parties, it gets wild.

It's an odd year for the area.  The blues are grounded. The Deluna Fest Music Festival canceled. Suddenly the visitors from mullet toss mean a lot more.

Even without the blues shows, which was further in town, we have things like baseball tournaments and basketball tournaments those were really big drawers, along with the mullet toss.

Proceeds from the weekend go to area youth charities. They raise more than $20,000 each year.

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