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24th Annual Matlacha Mullet Toss

The 24th Annual Matlacha Mullet Toss will be held on March 21 at Matlacha Community Park.

The 24th Annual Matlacha Mullet Toss will be held on March 21 at Matlacha Community Park.

The 24th Annual Matlacha Mullet Toss Championship is back!

The mullet is one of the most popular and plentiful fish in our region.  And mullet tossing began years ago when locals were looking for a way to amuse themselves as Northern visitors left the barrier islands and headed home again.

Who would’ve thought flying fish would be so fun?

Well, it turns out the idea caught on and for 24-years has been a tradition.  One of the first mullet toss events took place at the Mulletville Restaurant in Matlacha, FL.  But when the owner and community advocate, Judy, passed on The Matlacha Mariners took over the event.

Judy was said to always support the ventures of our area.  So, the money raised from the flying fish would go to a fund that was set up under Mrs. Judy’s name that helps the local areas schools and children.  It’s was a way of paying respect and honoring the work she did.

Today, the event is open to hundreds of contestants of all ages.  

And this is an art that has been tirelessly being perfected for some time now.  Some roll up the mullet into a baseball, others do the granny toss, and others chuck it by its tail.  No matter what’s your style, join the mullet mania!

The idea is quite simple: throw a mullet from a marked foul line down a corridor as far and as accurately as you can.

The rules are simple:

•  Contestants will toss a mullet that weighs approximately 1 lb.
•  NO gloves are allowed.
•  The mullet must be thrown from behind and up to the foul line, and down a designated path.
•  No stepping over the line during the throw, and follow through with the toss to not be disqualified.
•  Throwing the mullet out of bounds may also result in a disqualification.

Awards for the longest and the most precise toss will be given, but the true entertainment is in having a good time with family and friends.

And what about all that left over fish?  Simple— the mullets will be collected and put into crab traps to continue nature’s cycle.

Presented by the Matlacha Mariners, the mullet toss will take place from 10 am – 4 pm at Matlacha Community Park, located at 4577 Pine Island Road in Matlacha, FL.  Registration is $5 per toss for adults, and $2 per toss for children 15 and under.  Food and beverages will be sold at the event.

So, see ya there…mullet in hand!

- For more information on the 24th Annual Mullet Toss Championship, visit www.matlachamariners.org! 

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Fort Rock!

Rock festival kicks off at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers

Slipknot, Photo Courtesy: M Shawn Crahan

Slipknot, Photo Courtesy: M Shawn Crahan

The World’s Loudest Month festival series kicks off in Fort Myers, Florida on April 25 with Fort Rock!

Created by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and RockHouse Presents, the festival series features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May.  From Florida to Ohio, Texas to Minnesota, the World’s Loudest Month will deliver performances from Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, We Are Harlot, Starset, Young Guns, Islander, and more.

“We’re excited to be returning to a great music market in Fort Myers, Florida,” says Clay Busch, Head of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents.  “The past two years have proven to us that Fort Myers has a hunger for rock.  With the help of our amazing regional partners, this year’s lineup will be the biggest show South Florida has ever seen.”

South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival will bring some of the biggest rock bands together Saturday, April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL for its third consecutive year, after selling out last year with 12,500 fans in attendance.

The festival will cater to all types of rock-heads with headliners Slipknot, Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin.  Slipknot is an American heavy metal band formed in 1995 known for its attention-grabbing image, its aggressive style of music and its energetic live shows.  Godsmack is an alternative metal band recognized for its in-your-face style of music with three consecutive No. 1 albums under their belts.  And the newly reactivated Breaking Benjamin metal, post-grunge band will also entertain Southwest Florida despite a recent forced hiatus.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor says, “It’s gonna be awesome bringing one of the world’s loudest bands to Fort Rock for the World’s Loudest Month.  I hope the fans are ready because we’re coming for EVERYONE.”

“With each passing year we continue to work hard to bring something special to the rock fans around the country and to make it easy and convenient for them to attend our events,” adds Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the WLM series for AEG Live.  

Regularly priced General Admission and VIP tickets went on sale December 12 at www.FortRockFestival.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.  VIP tickets are available and include: a VIP entrance to venue; access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service; viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas); seated area with shade for dining; private restroom facilities; and a VIP guest laminate. 

- The Monster Energy Fort Rock is scheduled for April 25 at JetBlue Park, located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida.  Ticket pre-sale can be purchased at www.FortRockFestival.com.