The Belgian Nicolas Vanderkelen, road, won the title with the applaudimeter thanks to a long curly brown mullet on Saturday.

For a day, the village of Chéniers (Creuse) has established itself as the European capital of the mullet cut, a daring hair style – short hair above and long behind – popularized in the 1980s. For the organizers of the second edition of the European mule cup championship, which brought together 500 people, Covid-19 gauge requires, Saturday, September 4, it all started with a joke.

“For a laugh, a friend once told another depressed friend that he had a mullet head. From there was born the idea to create an event. As we saw that there had been a European Championship in Belgium in 2019, we said to each other why not at home? ” says Johan Detour.

The initiators of the first Belgian edition, like Isabelle Bierlaire, were among the festival-goers. “I have chills, I really find here the spirit that there was with us. We helped them a little to organize,” she said.

European mule cup championship, Cheniers, Creuse, September 4, 2021 (GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)

Other Belgians had made the trip. Like Hubert, socks in the colors of the Belgian flag, blond hair and perfectly combed mullet behind. “I came from Mouscron with five friends. It’s been a year and a half that we all have a mullet cut. It’s really a state of mind, that of self-mockery. Finally, it looks like the state of mind. “Belgian spirit. I find it here. There is music, we drink beers and we don’t take ourselves seriously,” he enthuses.

On the spot, the rare people who arrive without the cut for the occasion can have their hair sculpted in detail in a special mullet hairdressing stand. Like this young Portuguese man, who says: “I was in the Netherlands and I wanted to join my family in Porto by bike. On the way, someone told me about this championship. I thought the idea was great. so we went by bike together! “

For festival-goers, the mullet cut goes beyond mere physical appearance. “We don’t care about other people’s eyes, about fashion. There is no typical look to have. Whether it’s the skin color, the gender, the clothes, the hairstyle, we want everything the world is seen the same way, “blurted Julian, 33, beer in hand, sunglasses on and brown mullet. “And here it is a bit the apotheosis, we all agree. It is the paradise of the mules!”

“It’s a bit of a snub to the Covid. We meet people, we are happy,” slips Rod, in panther pants and short mullet. For him, “the mule is a way of seeing life”.


A hundred “field mice” were candidates to succeed Gauthier Istin. “This year, I prefer to leave my place, he explains. But I slipped a few pieces of my hair in the trophy. I hope the next one will do the same.”

Among the contenders, “LeBouseuh”, influencer with nearly 4 million subscribers on YouTube, brought the day to life on his social networks. Thursday, he had staged his hair preparations in a video with more than 500,000 views.

After the parade of candidates, the new European champion was elected by the applaudimeter. And it was the Belgian Nicolas Vanderkelen who won thanks to a long curly brown mullet. This corpulent driver has been a follower of the mule for twenty years.

For the organizers, the bet is successful, despite the health context. “Everyone looks happy, that’s the main thing,” says Johan Detour.

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