See photos of kid, teen finalists


It has been two years since younger Axel Wenzel began rising his mullet – all as a result of his uncle promised him an IROC-Z Camaro if he would develop it till he turned 16.

Little did the 5-year-old small-town Wisconsin boy know his luscious locks would land him within the nationwide highlight this week.

From spiky tops to patterns shaved on the edges, homegrown cuts belonging to 3 dozen minors throughout the nation, together with Axel, have made it to the ultimate spherical of the USA Mullet Championships.

Finalists from 16 states hope to take residence the title of finest mullet within the nation for his or her age divisions and a $2,500 money prize.

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“I wished to donate cash,” Axel instructed USA TODAY on Wednesday, guffawing when requested about why he entered the competitors.

His mom, 34-year-old Jessica Wenzel, mentioned that if her son wins, he plans to donate cash to a homeless shelter close to their residence and to a reptile shelter of their hometown of Brillion, simply 25 miles south of Inexperienced Bay.

To enter, children from California to North Carolina and Florida to New York submitted photographs of their haircuts to garner sufficient likes on Fb to advance to the subsequent spherical. Contestants submitted entrance, again and aspect photos of their mullets, in addition to a reputation for his or her locks. 

Almost 700 authentic entries for the youngsters division was whittled right down to the remaining group of 25. Eleven teenagers are competing of their class, down from 80 contest entrants.

The competition has already been making rounds on social media, with celebrities like J.J. Watt voicing their assist for the mullet-laden children.

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