Monday, September 14, 2009

Appearance on HBO's ‘True Blood' sparks run on Mullet Festival T-shirts

All it takes is one celebrity wearing a piece of clothing to make it cool.

Fish and festivals aren’t the reason people are clamoring to purchase replica Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival T-shirts online. A faded, vintage T-shirt that appeared on HBO’s "True Blood" series has sparked a new trend.

In the third episode of the hit show’s second season, shape-shifter and bar owner Sam Merlotte sported a faded "Third Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival" shirt.

While many CafePress and other design-your-own clothing sites sell the shirts for more than $20, locals have been able to buy the now-hot commodity for 33 years this October.

"I look back now at all those shirts I had and wish I had kept every one of them," said Niceville City Manager Lanny Corbin.

Corbin said he got phone calls and e-mails from friends as soon as they saw the shirt on HBO. A Mullet Festival T-shirt also has appeared on the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother."

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