Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mule Capital of the World....

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.
Ya'll Come..........
photo credit: wikipedia, Louis Mills.


Patsy said...

Now that will be a fun place to be. My grand father had mules. I wish I could remember there names.

Stella Jones said...

That looks like an interesting place to go. I've never heard of it. I like your historical posts very much.
Blessings, Star

Jeannette St.G. said...

I'm learning so much from these blogs - thank you for sharing! And for the good pics too:)

Snowbrush said...

I have never had any kind of a horse-like critter, but it I did, based upon looks alone, it would have to be either a mule or a donkey.

Carol Murdock said...

I used to take my kids to Mule Day every year when I lived in Tennessee, now my son takes his kids to it!You conjured up alot of memories on this one, thanks Josephine.

Unknown said...

Really enjoy your posts, they're so informative.

George said...

Mule Day in Columbia is something I've wanted to see. Thanks for taking us there.

Anonymous said...

Now, I'd go to something like that. I like mules and donkeys.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Jo, I've heard of Mule Day --and 'sorta' knew about it---but it was interesting learning more of the details. Someday I want to go to Columbia and experience this!!!!

Winifred said...

What lovely photos. Bet they have a good time.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Columbia in the 50's. Mule Day is great.
Wonderful entertainment ,great food and great people.
It's certainly worth the trip.
Randy Dellinger