Eli Stone of Evanston, Wyoming, may only be 7 years old, but he knows how to reel in the babes.
His secret? It's all in the mullet.
His hair is already well past his shoulders in length. He's spending time working a lemonade stand with his sisters this week while trying to earn support to compete in the USA Mullet Championships.
Eli's mom Keri told Cowboy State Daily when Eli was a little younger he noticed a family friend with long hair who was dating a beautiful woman, his aunt Shae. From that, the youngster deduced that long hair — specifically the mullet that’s short on the sides and top and long in the back — must be the key to a woman's heart.
It’s since been business up front and party in the back for Eli.
According to Eli's bio on the Mullet Championship website: "I want to have long hair to get all the ladies."
The mullet has earned Eli the nicknames "Joe Dirt Devil" and "Mullet Boy." Keri cuts his hair and maintains the flowing locks so "it's not perfect," she says, "but he loves it."
The Stones found out about the online contest on Facebook. Contestants are judged on the length and unique qualities of their mullets. Some get permanents or shave stripes into their sidewalls.
Eli is just keeping with the classic style like Billy Ray Cyrus, a member of the Mullet Hall of Fame. Another member of this elite group of mullet afficionados is National League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson, aka "The Big Unit."
Bono, Blake Shelton, Patrick Swayze and David Spade (the actor who played Joe Dirt) are also members.
ESPN, Today, BroBible and The New York Post are among the national media outlets that have featured what's going on at the USA Mullet Championships.
The Mullet Championships donates a percentage of proceeds to a charity created by retired National Football League star Jared Allen, who played for the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
The charity is called Homes for Wounded Warriors. So far this year it’s raised about $33,000.
John Thompson can be reached at: John@CowboyStateDaily.com