Columbia, Tennessee is the ancestral home of the eleventh President of the United States, James Knox Polk.
The town, is however more widely known for it's contribution to the mule-trading and entertainment industry.
Since the early 1800's people have been flocking to Middle Tennessee, and more precisely to Columbia, in Maury County, to show and trade mules.
Mule Day, Columbia, TN 1836.
Today, technology may have moved us along at warp speed, but some things stay the same, especially when it comes to enjoying "Down Home" fun.
Held in Columbia, TN less than an hour south of Nashville, the first weekend in April, (or if that coincides with Easter, the second weekend in April ), Mule Day attracts crowds of more than 200,000 with visitors from 38 states and several countries.
The economic impact for the area is estimated at $16 million annually, with all profits donated to local charities.
Lining up the mules for judging
The Mule Day festival originated in 1934 and has grown from a one-day event to a four day spectacular. It's roots are found in Breeders Day, a yearly livestock show and market, held since
Mules were once such BIG business in Maury County, Columbia Mule Day had the distinction of being one of the largest livestock markets in the world
Even if you don't have a mule to trade, you will enjoy the different events.
There is always something for everyone; Craft Festivals, Beauty Pageants, Flea Markets, Knife and Coin Shows, Fiddling Contests, Bluegrass Singing, Mule-Pulls, Liars Contest, Cowboy Mounted Shooters, Clogging Contest, Parade, and oh not to forget some of the Best "Country Vittles" south of the Mason-Dixon line.
photo credit: wikipedia, Louis Mills.