Mule Days is an early spring 4 day annual celebration related to mules. It started in 1840 as a single day event, but has grown into a four day event that attracts over 200,000 people. The Mule Festival is held in Columbia, Tennessee, the Mule Capital of the world. This event features traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing and crafts.
Some of the events are square dancing, mule driving contest, a beauty pageant, lumberjack competition, log loading competition, Mule and donkey seminar, wagon train, liars contest and a flea market.
As you can see in the picture above, they are entering the arena for a judging contest.
On Friday night there is a Liars Contest where a contestant will have 5 minutes to tell a tall tale that may or may not be believed.
The contest for the Mule Day Queen is also held on Saturday. The competition is open to contestants age 15 to 21. The winner is selected based on an essay and other criteria.
You will see mule pulling contest to see which team can pull the most weight. Mules were used before the tractor because of their power to pull loads. In the early days, a good mule team could make an early farm prosper.
The Parade starts downtown on Saturday morning with a long line of carriages, wagons and people on horseback. If you are in traffic during the parade you are there for the duration. Get there before the parade starts and find a spot.
During the festival, people will be dressed to play their part and to show you what they would look like during that time period. The above picture is one of mule skinners.
If you need information about the festival, write them at:
PO Box 66, Columbia, TN 38402, phone them at 931-381-9557
or go to the web site below.