“I ride through the (Mule Day) parade every year and this year it was one of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen,” was the assessment of David Skillington of the Mule Day organizing committee. More than 300 entries were in the parade through downtown Columbia.
Gospel Music artist Guy Penrod was the Grand Marshall. The 4 School bands marched in the Mule Day Parade for the first time. “It made the parade that much more special,” said publicity coordinator Louise Mills. Governor Bill Haslem, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and former Senator Bill Frist help lead the parade along with Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey and Maury County Mayor Jim Bailey.
Mule Day Queen Tana Norman and her Court were in the parade. “I’ve had so much fun this week living out my dream,” said Norman. She ended the Sunday activities riding in the Western Mule Show on her mule Festus.
“Everybody had a great time,” said Mills. The arts and crafts, mule shows, bluegrass concert, square dance and wagon train entertained the crowd through the week.
Thanks go out to the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club who sponsor and organize Mule Day every year since 1973.