The Mule Day Wagon Train kicked off the festivities Monday as people come to Columbia for the huge parade and mule shows that are enjoyed by crowds of around 150,000 people each year. The Mule Day Parade Saturday is the main event.
Mule Day visitors from all over the country are already enjoying the beautiful spring weather at the Maury County Park. Thursday starts off events with arts and crafts, a log loading contest, mini mule mania show, log pulling contest and a blue grass music fest. Friday includes a Mule Driving Show, Gaited Mule Show, Liars Contest, and Clogging.
Tuesday, Mule Day Queen Tanna Norman and her court visited the state capitol and invited state legislators.
Saturday’s big Mule Day Parade starts at 11am through downtown Columbia as thousands line the streets and fill the Maury County Park.
“Our own, Guy Penrod, (Gospel Music Artist) is the Grand Marshall. Our Governor, Bill Haslem, will be here, along with former Senator Bill Frist, Senator Bob Corker, and Senator Lamar Alexander. Our mayors will be riding in the parade along with their families,” said Mule Day Parade Chairman DC Neeley.
“This year we’ve got four bands, Central, E.A. Cox, Spring Hill, and Mt.Pleasant, that’s going to be a treat,” said Neeley.
The theme this year is Take A Ride Down Memory Lane. “We’re going to be reminiscing a lot because we have a lot of old-timers and a lot of young people we want to come back,” said Louise Mills, Publicity Chairman.
The whole community gets involved with events that includes a Mule Day Chili Supper people at the First United Methodist Church Thursday, March 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in downtown Columbia. There’s the traditional Lions Club Pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the Memorial building. The Order of the Eastern Star also hosts a breakfast at their facility on the Theta Pike Saturday morning.
The Mule Day wagon train rolls into Columbia Wednesday and the Maury County park. “We’ll harness up the wagons and head into Columbia. We’ve got about 50 wagons,” said Gary Thrasher, wagon train coordinator. The wagon train will travel highway 7, to the Columbia Bypass and then the M Park. aury County