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Welcome Visitors

Dear Columbia Guests: On behalf of the City of Columbia, I extend to you a very special welcome to Mule Day 2013. We will again celebrate our past in Columbia, as we are known as the Mule Capital of the World. Mules were an important part of our past and that of our nation. My grandfather, Neil S. Dickey, was a mule buyer and trader that participated in the early mule sales in Columbia, Tennessee. Because I grew up on a farm, I am aware of the value we placed on the mules that did the intensive labor to help provide our living. Our City employees will be available to ensure that your visit is safe and memorable. Saturday’s parade is one of the greatest outdoor events in the south. Enjoy it from our beautiful downtown/West 7th Street area. In addition to the parade, the City offers shopping, dining, entertainment, and historical venues that we hope will enhance your overall Mule Day celebration experience. We are honored you have chosen to enjoy this weeklong event with us! We thank you for visiting Columbia and Maury County for Mule Day 2013. Our hope is that you can say you were treated with southern hospitality by the citizens of Columbia and you will come back again and explore everything that Columbia and Maury County has to offer. Again, thank you for joining us in celebrating our historic past and exciting future with the Mule Day 2013 events. We hope to see you back here next year for the 2014 Mule Day Celebration. Sincerely, Dean Dickey Mayor City of Columbia 4


Dear Maury County Visitors: Maury County is once again excited about celebrating our “Mule Day” 2013 event. Mule Day has been a popular event since the 1840’s and has turned from a one day event into a multi-day celebration. Thousands of visitors and participants will join together in honoring our great mule heritage. Maury County has always had a rich history in agriculture and we contribute a large part of this to our mule friends. Mules are known for their hardiness and came to be one of the most important work animals. They have played a key role in Maury County’s economy and have became a symbol as an important cultural aspect that we celebrate today. On behalf of Maury County Government as well as employees, we welcome you to our great county. We hope that you have a great experience while here and plan on coming back next year. I want to thank all of our visitors for coming to Maury County for Mule Day 2013 and invite you to call upon our office if we can assist you in any way. Sincerely, James L. Bailey, Jr. Maury County Mayor

Welcome to the "Mule Capital of the World"

Mule Day Office PO Box 66, Columbia, TN 38402 931-381-9557 Office Hours: January: Mon - Wed / 9-4 February: Mon - Thur / 9-4 March & April: Mon - Fri / 9-4

From the Editor The Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club is the sponsor of our Mule Day Event. Our theme for 2013 is "RACE TO MULE DAY" and features our 2012 Mule Day Queen, Tanna Norman on her Mule FESTUS, during the Jackpot Races. She is an expert rider, a resident of the Water Valley community, and a senior at Santa Fe High School. Many people tell us , that Mule Day is their first big event each spring, after a long and cold winter. Southern Middle Tennessee is at it's best in the spring time with all the trees, grass and flowers getting ready for the upcoming summer. Our event is especially a "favorite" for anyone who owns a farm, who grew-up on a farm, or had grandparents that owned a farm, for those people it is like "taking a step back in time". We have something for everyone mule shows, great food, music, arts and craft, flea market, and entertainment for the children. So let us all "RACE TO MULE DAY" in Columbia, Tennessee during the first week of April 2013. – Dave Skillington

Table of Contents Dancing & Music 8 Pickin' and Grinnin' 20 Bluegrass Music Fest 29 Line Dancing & Clogging 46 Square Dance - Sat. Evening 51 Worship Service 15 Gospel Singing - Wed. Evening 51 Gospel Singing - Sunday

Food 8 Concessions 17 Hee-Haw Chili Supper 21 Ham & White Beans Ham & Biscuits 24 Bloodys & Biscuits 31 Pancake Breakfast

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Fun & Entertainment 8 Arts & Crafts Festival and Flea Market 13 Wagon Train 21 State Auctioneer Contest 21 Canasta, Pool & Corn Hole Tournaments 30 Liars’ Contest 32 Parade 41 Knife Auction 2013 49 Beauty Pageant 52 Jackpot Races


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16 Log Loading Competition 16 Log Pulling Competition 19 Mini Mania Show/Miniature Donkeys & Mules 22 Driving Mule Show 27 Gaited Mule Championship 28 Pony Mule Pulling 36 Mule Pulling Championship 40 Draft Mule Show 52 Riding Mule Show ––Class Info/Class Entry Pg 56 & 57––

Need to Know 8 Park Admission & Souvenirs 6 Schedule of Events 9 Columbia Area Map 14 Check-in Center, Camping, Commercial Vendor Space, Concession Permits, Stalls & Disclaimer 32 Parade Route 59 Parade Entry Form/Rules 62 Advertisers Index 931.381.9557 COLUMBIA, TN &


Schedule of Events

Plan Now for Mule Day 2014 March 31st - April 6th

MONDAY, APRIL 1st, 2013 9:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagon Train Departs from Henry Horton State Park . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3rd, 2013 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEW Gospel Singing – Ridley 4-H Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 15 THURSDAY, APRIL 4th, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . Arts & Crafts/Flea Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. . . . . . . Live Music at Main Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All Weekend 12:00 Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Log Loading Competition – Main Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16 1:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mini Mania Show – Old Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19 2:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackpot Mule Races – Main Arena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 52 4:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Fashioned Log Pulling Competition – Main Arena . . . . . . . . Page 16 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.. . . . . . . Hee-Haw Chili Supper – 1st Methodist Church, Downtown . . . . Page 17 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Grass Music Fest – Columbia High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 FRIDAY, APRIL 5th, 2013 10:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club State Auctioneer Contest Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . Arts & Crafts/Flea Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. . . . . . . Live Music – Main Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All Weekend 12:00 Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mule Driving Show – Old Arena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 6:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gaited Mule Show – Old Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 6:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ponly Mule Pulling – Main Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 6:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Line Dancing & Clogging – Ridley 4-H Center with Tony Malugin, Mule Town Stompers & Katie Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 29 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liars’ Contest – Columbia High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 30 SATURDAY, APRIL 6th, 2013 6:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pancake Breakfast – Memorial Bldg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 31 9:00 – 11:00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Annual Bloodys & Biscuits – Polk Home Gardens . . . . . . . . . Page 24 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . Arts & Crafts/Flea Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. . . . . . . Live Music – Main Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All Weekend 11:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mule Day Parade – Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 32 12:00 Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mule Pulling – Main Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 36-37 2:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Skillington Draft Mule Show – Old Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 40 4:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knife Auction – Main Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 41 7:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Square Dance – Ridley 4-H Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 46 SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 2013 10:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. . . . . . . 11:00 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


Church Services – Main Stage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 51 Arts & Crafts/Flea Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8 Riding Mule Show – Old Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 52 Riding Mule Show – Main Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 52 Gospel Singing – Main Stage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 51

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At Maury County Park Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Grinninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; There will be live music throughout the entire event. D.J. Cricket will crank up the event with some karaoke on Thursday. There will be a variety of musical entertainment ranging from bluegrass to hillbilly. Come on out and show off your singing talent or just bring a chair and listen to various musical groups pick and grin.

Festivities Begin Mule Day festivities begin Thursday at 10AM. See Schedule of Events for complete list of activities on page 8. Park Admission Thursday, Friday and Saturday $8; under 12 Free; Sunday $5. Weekend passes available for only $15. All campers are required to have weekend passes whenever they arrive. Please get them when you make arrangements for camping. Price includes state amusement tax and are good for all in park activities, excluding rides. Arts & Crafts and Flea Market The Arts and Craft activities will take place at Maury County Park starting on Thursday at 10:00 and continuing on Friday thru Sunday, ending at 7:00 PM each day except the ending on Sunday is 2:00 PM. This section consists of over a hundred vendors with a variety of items, all handmade by the crafters------you will find quilts, pottery, iron works, woodworking items, coins and lots more. Many have been coming for years, and a couple since the mid- seventies. The Flea Market is also very popular with our visitors, and we will have over 35 vendors with cowboy hats, sun glasses, games, magic tricks and

everything else from A to Z. These vendors will have the same hours as Arts and Craft. Concessions Italian sausage and peppers...roasted cheese steaks... onion blossoms...kettle apple fritters...funnel cream...nachos...lemonade...cotton candy...county ham and of course hamburgers and hot dogs. As you enjoy the activities of Mule Day be sure to sample all your favorite foods. All food concessions are open until 7:00 PM, and are inspected by the Tennessee Health Department. For more information contact the Mule Day Office.

Children's Entertainment Be sure you take your children to the entertainment section, where they will find train rides, all kinds of rubber inflatable's to bounce around on, rock climbing tower, face painting, vendors with games etc.. This section which is located to the left of the front arena, (where the ball fields, were once located), and will be expanded for 2013. Souvenirs Tennessee Tech Alumni Association will once again be selling the official Mule Day Souvenirs with profits going toward scholarships for Tech students. Visit their booth at the Park and pick up your T-shirts, caps, buttons for 2013. See our ad on page 25.

DISCLAIMER: Under Tennessee Law, an equine activity sponsor or an equine professional, or any other person is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities pursuant to TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED, SECTION 44-20-103. 8


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The Missing Crown By Bob Duncan

In 1934 when the old “First Monday” mule market in Columbia, Tennessee was converted into a celebration of the old glory days of mule breeding and stock trading. The new name was to be “Mule Day,” and the event was moved from the first Monday in April each year to the first Saturday. Tractors were taking the place of mules on farms, and with the Great Depression, locals were looking for something to celebrate. Mule Day was definitely a shoe-string operation as money was tight. A small handful of money was collected for prizes and awards. The local tinsmith, Cat McDonald, was recruited to make a crown for “King Mule.” He used “jewels” from Woolworths, and reflector buttons from license plate holders to decorate the crown. With these and a gaudy shot of spray paint the crown was born, and was used up until 1950 when Mule Day was called off due to lack of interest. The war was over, and folks were looking eagerly ahead instead of behind them. In the ensuing years the crown disappeared. In spite of the return of Mule Day in 1974, the crown was nowhere to be found. In 1978 work was being done on the old Gladstone Apartments on Walker Street near downtown Columbia. Fortunately Ms. Edna Trotter was there when workmen stumbled across the crown in a box in the basement. She recognized it immediately and took it to the Chamber of Commerce. They passed it on to the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club who in turn presented it to the Maury County Library. Today the long lost crown in on display near the entrance to the library. Mule Day Queen, Betty Lynn Barnes, 1949 showing the King Mule and crown.





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Wagon Train 2013

Our Wagon Train which is one of our “Promotional Tools”, gets a lot of attention as it travels through-out Middle Tennessee in the spring-time, on our beautiful “rural roads”, on the way into Columbia. It always “kicksoff” our week long event, and as it arrives at Maury County Park, people are lined-up on Lion Parkway, just like watching our parade in downtown Columbia. It will arrive midafternoon on Wednesday, (check with our “information center”, outside the front gate, for arrival time), and be there for a “picturetaking session”. We will be “starting” in a new location for 2013, Henry Horton State Park, in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Our “good friend and supporter” Shane Petty, who is the Park Ranger, has promised to make this Wagon Train, the “best one” to date. Camping will be at the Park all three nights, which helps” with the “logistics”; the daily routes will return to the Park on Monday and Tuesday nights, then “head” toward Columbia on Wednesday.

All participants "MUST" pre-register through the Mule Day Office before the ride. No one will be allowed to register on location. Cost for the Wagon Train will be $60.00 per person. For more information contact Gary or Connie Thrasher at 812-236-4747 or the Mule Day office at 931-381-9557. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED.

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Check-In Center The Red Top Log Cabin at the entrance to Maury County Park will be used as a Check-in Center for exhibitors, concessionaires and people bringing equipment that need assistance. Our visitors that know where they are going, have the correct paperwork, etc. need not stop at the cabin. The cabin will be open through Friday evening. The Information Center within the park will still be open and is there to assist everyone with general information, official Mule Day pins, bumper stickers, etc. Maury County Park Changes Changes underway at Maury County Park will be an improvement with our many activities, and help with the huge crowd that attends the park. The ball fields to the left of the front arena have been relocated. This will free-up much needed space for our event, and provide for a better lay-out for vendors, entertainment, etc for those attending. Commercial Vendors Limited vendor space is available at Maury County Park. Booth sizes range from 10' to 35' frontage and 10' to 20' in depth, depending on the location. Vendors with big rigs are encouraged to set-up starting Tuesday afternoon or all day on Wednesday, but everyone must be operational by 10AM on Thursday. Corporate Sponsors & equine related vendors will receive priority for new vendors. Process For Vendor Registration Vendors that had a booth at Mule Day 2012, will receive their applications 14


during early January 2013, along with other information, including insurance requirements for Mule Day 2013. Payment with completed application must be received in our office by February 22nd or the space will be given to other vendors that have applied. New vendors may start calling during January, and will be placed on a waiting list until space becomes available. Contact us via email at: info@ Disclaimer State Law requires that your animals have proof of an Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) Test, done in the last 12 months must be presented for verification before animals are permitted on the grounds or to participate at Mule Day functions. Equine that are sold require the Coggins done within the last six months. Further, Tennessee State Law REQUIRES everyone from out-of-state to have a health certificate on equine entering Tennessee. The health certificate is only good for 30 days from the time it is issued. Horseback and Muleback riding is allowed in designated areas at Maury County Park until 10PM. Riding at a walk except in the arenas. Under Tennessee Law, an equine activity sponsor or an equine professional, or any other person is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities pursuant to TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED, SECTION 44-20-103.

Camping Limited camping is allowed in the Park. Spaces must be reserved by advance payment received by March 1st. First time campers should call ASAP in January to be placed on a waiting list. Rates: $120.00 with electricity and $60.00 without electricity. All campers are required to have a gate pass. No bus transportation to parade from Park is available. All reservations should be made through the Mule Day Office. No alcoholic beverages allowed in camping or Park area. No horse stock will be allowed in electric camping area. Original Proof of Negative Coggins Test Required for all animals entering the park. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. No ATV’s, Golf Carts or motorized vehicles allowed, except for those that have a handicapped sticker or Mule Day Officials. All operators must possess a current drivers license. Stalls Limited stall space is available for $50 per stall (only 2 animals per stall, except miniature mules & donkeys that are separated by panels inside stalls). Reservations from last year's stall renters must be accompanied by advance payment which must be received by March 1st or stalls will no longer be held. First time stall renters should call ASAP in January to be placed on a waiting list. After March 1st, first time stall renters on the waiting list will be notified of stall availability. Stall renters receive one vehicle pass - a vehicle pass per each stall rented will no longer be issued. No jacks in portable stalls. No horse stallions allowed anywhere in Maury County Park on Mule Day weekend. NOTE: The show barns (covered barns) will only be rented to persons having mules, Jacks or Jennies. Horses will not be allowed in show barns except those that have been grandfathered in. Persons wishing to get stalls for horses will be allowed to use outside stalls. Call the Mule Day Office to request stalls or get more information 931-381-9557.

NEW FOR 2013 – Gospel Singing Wednesday 7:00 PM Admission: $10.00 Adults / Children under 12 free W.P. Ridley 4-H Center 850 Lion Parkway, Columbia, TN Contact: David Roberts 931-205-1335 or the Mule Day Office 931-381-9557 The Mule Day Committee is thrilled to announce the addition of good ole gospel music on Wednesday evening. The Mule Day inaugural Wednesday Night Gospel Singing will light up the hill top of the Ridley 4-H Center across from the Maury County Park. The line-up brings together some of the best Southern Gospel performers this area has ever seen. Through the hard work of Mule Day friend David Roberts the talent of Ivan Parker, The Kelly’s from Lawrenceburg and The Masters Four Quartet from Columbia come together for your enjoyment. Come on out to hear wonderful old songs of the church and southern gospel music along with some of the greatest hits of the past several years. Wednesday evening features awarding winning and Gaither videos artist Ivan Parker. Ivan is most known for singing the song “Midnight Cry”, which was voted Song of the Decade in the 90’s. Other #1 hits include “When I Get Carried Away”, “I Choose”, “There Rose A Lamb” and “Hit The Ground Running”. Ivan has been voted Soloist of the Year and Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist several years running. The Kelley’s started Singing over 50 Years ago. Through the years due to

retirements, and deaths, Jon Kelly is the only remaining family member in the group. They make their home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and travel every weekend to spread the gospel in song all over the United States. They also perform at the National Quartet Convention each year. Current member consist of: Jon Kelly on the Lead, Paul Walters Tenor, Eric Harvey Bass, Keith Worththam Baritone, and Billy Ferguson bass guitar. The Masters Four Quarter based out of Pulaski Tennessee, Kevin Turner (lead) and Bill Dobbins (baritone) have been singing together over 30 years. Along with Mike Coy (bass) and David Roberts (tenor) they have traveled all over the southeastern U.S. They have been the opening group for many of the best known professional groups in Southern Gospel music such as: Dixie Echoes, Palmetto State Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, and many more. The Master's Four Quartet is not only known for their great harmony, but there sincere message to the audience. They are also known for making you laugh. You will enjoy your experience with the Master's Four Quartet.

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Log Loading Competition Thursday 12:00 Noon

Log Pulling Competition Thursday 4:00 PM LOG LOADING COMPETITION Come watch the precision of man and mule working together. Spectators get a chance to see how logs were loaded before machines were invented. Watch as mules and horses work together under manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance as they show the true meaning of teamwork. You will be amazed at the precise methods and commands used to accomplish their goal. See entry information and competition rules on page 56.

OLD FASHION LOG PULLING COMPETITION The Log Pulling competition held for the first time during 2012 was a "hugh success" and it will held again for 2013. This "show" was part of our entertainment on Thursday afternoon, and it will be repeated during the same "time frame. There will be two classes, SMALL and HEAVY, with total prize money of $500. The crowd will once again be the "judges", and the winners will be based on "performance and strength" of the team. For more information call Anita King 931-682-3376 or 931-446-4157

MCBSC 2013 SHOW DATES April 28th May 11th June 8th June 22nd July 27th August 10th September 21st October 6th 16


MCBSC 2013 OFFICERS President Ricky Stain-Smith 1st Vice-President Scarlett McMeen 2nd Vice-President Connie Thrasher 3rd Vice-president Eric Clear Secretary Denisa Jones Treasurer David Skillington Labor Secretary Jennifer Bradley Points Secretary Jan Crutcher Publicity Secretary Sandy Forester Mule Day Chairman Dee Cee Neeley

COWBOY CONSIGNMENT SALE The club will be having a Consignment Sale March 20th thru March 24th in the Exhibit Bldg. at Maury County Park. Selling all things horse related such as western and english tack, home decor, clothing, books and much more. For more information call Ricky Strain-Smith at 931-788-1156.

Hee-Haw Chili Supper Thursday 4:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 PM 1st Methodist Church downtown, 222 West 7th St. Homemade chili with condiments, hot dogs, homemade desserts and drink for $6.00. Tickets obtained at door, day of event. Proceeds to help the needy in the community.


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Mini Mania Show Thursday 1:00 PM Have you ever seen a 40" tall mule pull a wagon? If you have not seen these "Miniatures" perform, this is something you must see! These animals are the "Pets" of the Equine Industry. They are well trained to pull carts, wagons (small wagons, that is), jumping over poles, pole bending, and other obstacles, etc... This show will provide additional entertainment on Thursday afternoon, as there will now be something going on in both arena's, for the start of our many activities at Maury County Park.

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For more information, contact Carol Tisher 931-629-7127 See entry information and competition rules on page 56.

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Bluegrass Music Fest Thursday 7:00 PM Featuring Simon Slick and The Grasskickers Columbia High School (Next to M.C. Park) Admission $8. Tickets available through the Mule Day office and at the door. Fourth annual Bluegrass Music Fest featuring Simon Slick and the Grasskickers. A Columbia group made up of Bruce Peden, Phain Smith, Randy Drane, Eric Ivey, Angela Jones and Tom Winters. They will be performing Traditional Bluegrass and Newgrass along with some old country favorites. Also featuring Dixie Crossing with Willie Van Hook who has played fiddle for such people as Terri Clark, Ricky Lynn Gregg and many others. Sean Carson lead guitar player for Neal McCoy, Clay Walker and others. Don Phillips amazing singer. These guys play a lot of old and new country. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed!



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2013 Mule Day Champion Auctioneer Contest Friday 10:00 AM The Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club hosted the First Annual Mule Day Auctioneer Contest on March 25, 2012. The contest was held at the Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn in Columbia, TN. Auctioneers from Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi came to see if they could claim the 2012 Grand Champion Mule Day Auctioneer belt buckle. The Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn was full of excitement as the contest started. Each auctioneer took their turn on the sale block as they sold items to live bidders. The bidding was fast and exciting as the auctioneers captivated the audience with their magical auctioneer chant. The auctioneers competing in the contest were some of the very best in their profession. Justin Ochs of Hendersonville, TN was named the 2012 Grand Champion and went on to win the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) International Auctioneer Championship title (IAC). Jacob Massey of Fayetteville, TN was Reserve Champion. The Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club was proud to have hosted the first Mule Day Auctioneer Contest and is looking forward to the 2013 contest. Make your plans to be at the Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn on April 5, 2013 at 10:00 am to see who will be crowned the 2013 Grand Champion Mule Day Auctioneer.

The Nell Wright Senior Center (Next to Maury Co. Park Office)


Thursday – Saturday April 4th – April 6th THURSDAY thru SATURDAY Coffee, Drinks & Homemade Deserts! Need a place to rest? Take a break here at the Senior Center. You can even check your e-mail on our P.C.'s.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY 11 AM - 5:30 PM Ham & White Beans $6.00 FRIDAY: 6 AM - 10 AM Ham & Biscuits $6.00 NOON - 4 PM Music THURSDAY 9:00 AM Hand and Foot Canasta Tournament* Trophy/Prize $50, $25, $15 THURSDAY 9:00 AM Pool Tournament* Trophy/Prize $50, $25, $15 SATURDAY Corn Hole Tournament* *Must register for tournaments.

RAFFLE TICKETS $10 Cash and other prizes totaling $4,000! Visit for more info. Raffle drawing on Saturday before Mule Day Knife Auction at 3PM at the Main Stage. Located at the Maury County Park For more information, call 931-380-3950 - visit our website or email: 931.381.9557 COLUMBIA, TN &


Driving Show Friday 12:00 Noon

This show demonstrates how well mules work to wagons and how well they are trained to both "lines" and voice command. It takes a lot of time, practice, with driving skills to make everything come together. As you watch this show you will soon learn how the driver gets the mules attention and also how he gets them to go in the direction he wants them to go. In the first two classes we have skidding. This is with the driver using ONE line or NO line to guide the mules between the pilings. The best part of these two classes is when the driver uses only voice commands. This takes a lot of training and time between the driver and his mules. During the 22


olden days this was a much more common practice than today. The voice command is better with mules that are used for logging so as not to tangle lines in the trees. Classes three through nine, the mules and horses are hitched to wagons or carts. In class five, the ladies show the men how to drive. In class six notice how well the mules and drivers work together to back, cross obstacles, and turn in the correct direction. Please notice that the teams are matched in color, size, and uniformity. Now sit back and enjoy the afternoon show of skills and see how well these sometime stubborn animals show off just how smart they truly are.

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Kick Your Mule Day off Right Join us at the Polk Home Gardens for

3rd Annual

Bloodys & Biscuits Sat. April 6, 2013 • 9 – 11am Tickets $15 per person in Advance $20 per person day of Children under 12 Free Call 931-388-2354 for tickets or email us

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE FORD DEALERS Proud Supporters of Mule Day 2013

At the Tennessee Gaited Mule State Championship you’ll enjoy watching the very best gaited mules from Tennessee and across the entire United States strut their stuff. This event highlights the gaited mule, which is any mule that has a smooth gait other than a walk, and one which is distinct from a trot. Whatever the gait may be called, its primary virtue is smoothness. The gaited mule can be ridden farther without discomfort from the bouncing one will experience at a trot and at a more manageable pace than a canter. So come out and watch riders of all ages and mules from all “gaits” of life strut their stuff to be declared the Tennessee State Champion.

Gaited Mule Tennessee State Championship Friday 6:00 PM

For more information, contact Phain Smith 931-388-5286 See entry information and competition rules on page 56.

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Pony Mule Pulling Friday 6:00 PM

Photo by Bob Mischka

These little guys pack a big punch when it comes to pulling. The Over All Champion in 2012 also won the Pony Mule Championship which proves that bigger isn't always better! Also, don't miss the Saturday Mule Pulling Championship, see pages 36 & 37 for pulling time and location. NEW! Stick Horse Race 5:30 Friday and 11:30 Saturday Open to ages 6 and under

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The Entertainment at the 4-H Ridley Center (located across from Maury County Park) will start at 6PM. Admission will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 12 years and under. Concessions by Friends of the Maury County Park. Come and enjoy a fun night with the Water Valley Dancers. For information, call Willard Murphy 931-486-2210.



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Friday Evening Liars' Contest Friday 7:00 PM

ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW October 12th, 2013 Located Behind

Rippavilla Plantation U.S. Highway. 31, Spring Hill, TN

ADMISSION FEES: Adults - $2.00 Children under 12 - Free OPEN: APRIL thru OCTOBER on FRIDAY'S 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (other dates by appointment)



The Liarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Contest is a fun-filled event with tall tales and good clean fun. The contest will be held in the auditorium of Central High School, which adjoins Maury County Park and is sponsored by the schools Parent Teacher Student Association. Tickets are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. There are two divisions of competition: Adults, 18 and over and Students, 17 and under. Participants are to register with the clerk at the contest. The master of ceremonies will call the performer to tell tales of no longer than five minutes. First place winners from previous years are not eligible for the prize money, but they are invited to tell one of their favorite stories. These tellers should register with the clerk at the contest.

Culleoka Lions Club Pancake Breakfast Saturday 6:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:00 AM Start the big day off with some delicious pancakes at the Pancake Breakfast located at the Memorial Building on West 7th Street. See map on page 32 for directions to the Memorial Building.

Maury Magic Riders Therapeutic Riding Center Located in Columbia, TN now accepting applications for new riders and volunteers for the 2013 Season. Serving children & adults with disabilities. Support Maury Magic Riders: With your tax-deductable donations. Purchase gift certiďŹ cates for Maury Magic Riders @ Columbia Farm Supply. Attend the Maury Magic Riders ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge May 2013. See website for details. For more information 931-380-1119

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Parade Downtown Saturday 11:00 AM Hwy 412 By-Pass

We would like to give a Special Thanks to the City of Columbia, and Maury County Government.

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The parade will again end at the main gate of Columbia Academy, located on West 7th Street, just past the railroad tracks. This will provide better viewing for more people and will help with the traffic congestion downtown, during and after the parade. All non-animal type floats, autos, trucks and people walking in the parade will enter the Columbia Academy School grounds for pick-up or disband, etc. All mule teams with wagons, mule and horse riders, etc., will stay on West 7th Street on the way to Maury County Park as in the past. No animals will be allowed to enter the Columbia Academy property. The Mule Day Committee would like to thank the officials of Columbia Academy and the City of Columbia for helping with the parade route.

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Westmoreland Mule Day 2012 honors Columbia’s own Mule Day Chairman Dee Cee Neeley by Rick Neeley

Dee Cee Neeley served as Grand Marshall of the 3rdannual Westmoreland Mule Day parade on September 29, 2012. Westmoreland Mule Day officials wanted to thank Dee Cee for taking them under his wing and guiding them with their Mule Day Celebration Festivities. It is no small honor to be acknowledged for the tireless effort over the many years he has volunteered to promote Mule Days over the southeast. Dee Cee’s family and several members of the Columbia Mule Day Committee came out to show their support for a person that has given so much to so many. Family and supporters rode in the second wagon while Dee Cee and his great grandson Austin Spires rode the lead wagon driven by Buddy Black from Woodbury, Tennessee. It was a cool yet



IN MEMORIAL We Lost Several of Our Mule Day Supporters During 2012. Neal Odom, always took part in our Wagon Train each year, in fact he was already "signed-up" for 2012, but was in the hospital during Mule Day 2012.

clear day. Perfect weather for a parade that stretched down the highway as it wound its way through Westmoreland. A good crowd came out to see the parade and Westmoreland’s third Mule Day was a success. Being a modest man, Dee Cee beamed as the wagon moved down the road. He was honored to be recognized and pleased to share the day with his great grandson, a mule man in the making.

Linda O'Rear, a retired Maury County Teacher, who worked in the Mule Day office each year during Mule Day week answering the phone and greeting the many people who "dropped In". Ralph Higginbothan, entered the Draft Show each year, with his Prize Mules", in fact he was co-owner of the King Mule 2012, named "Jake". Bud Mitchum, who owned several farms in Maury County, and hosted several of our "Wagon Trains", he was always "happy" with the fertilizer the Mules, left on his farm. The Mule Day Committee Offers Sympathy to their Families.


WAGON TRAIN: SEPT. 23 – 26 EVENTS: SEPT. 27 – 29 • Gaited & Western Mules 6PM Friday • Stick Horse Race for 6 & Under • Mini-Mules & Donkeys 9AM Saturday • Parade Line Up 10:30AM Start @ 11AM Saturday (Will Be Done By Advance Numbers) (Forms On Line)



• Driving And Halter Draft Mules 1PM Saturday • Mule Pull 4PM Saturday • World’s Largest Barn Dance 7PM Saturday • Vendors Welcome (Forms Available On Web Site) • Cowboy Church Sunday 9AM PARADE: PRE-REGISTER BY E-MAIL (must have number to be Judged!)

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Mule Pulling Tennessee State Championship Saturday 12:00 NOON



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Come see what all the hollerin' is about. Watch as mule teams compete for the Championship title by seeing who can pull the most weight, the longest distance. You will be amazed at the capabilities of even the smallest mule teams as well as the men who drive them. So come on out and show these mules some love as they show off their muscles!

Heavy Weight Mule Champion Batey & Lancaster

For more information, contact Anita King 931-682-3376 See entry information and competition rules on page 56.

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NEW! Stick Horse Race 5:30 Friday and 11:30 Saturday Open to ages 6 and under

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Celebrating Antebellum and Agricultural History at Rippavilla Plantation

The annual Mule Day livestock sale and celebrations have been going strong in Columbia for nearly 170 years, and for almost 160 of them, Maury County’s Rippavilla Plantation has stood tall, greeting travelers along the old Nashville Highway. In the mansion’s heyday, passersby could admire the place from the road, stopping to catch a glimpse of one of the grandest mansions between Spring Hill and Columbia. Today, the home opens its doors daily to visitors on Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. Visitors can tour rooms where Civil War generals once sat and can walk the grounds of what was once a working antebellum plantation. At the mansion, visitors also learn the history of Rippavilla and of its builder, Nathaniel Cheairs IV, who was born on the property in 1818, the tenth of eleven children. Legend has it that Cheairs’ father, Nathaniel Cheairs III, expected his namesake to marry a woman named Sarah, just as he and the two previous Nathaniel Cheairs had done. When young Nathaniel fell in love with Susan Peters McKissack, the father objected, offering his son $5,000 in gold to change his mind and find himself a ‘Sarah’ of his own. But Nathaniel was set on marrying Susan. Susan’s father, wealthy Spring Hill 38


brickyard owner William McKissack II, happened to be in favor of the marriage. As a form of dowry, he offered to supply all the bricks and slave labor necessary for the couple to build a home on the old family land. Nathaniel III finally relented, and gave his son his blessing as well as the original $5,000 in gold. The couple married, living in various buildings on the farm’s 1,100 acres, where, with the aid of slave labor, they raised cattle, sheep, and mules, and produced crops of wheat, tobacco, and cotton. One of the plantation’s original slave cabins still stands on the property today. The building of Rippavilla was to take three years---in part due to the mansion’s size, but primarily as a result of Nathaniel Cheairs’ very high standards. He kept a close eye on the construction of the place, scrutinizing and having torn down any wall that appeared even remotely crooked or unstable. Three times he had construction on the partially completed mansion stopped, taking down the walls and starting all over again. His reasoning was that the walls needed to be strong and sturdy so that Rippavilla could stand for at least one hundred years. Almost 160 years later, Rippavilla is still standing. In the interim it has seen its share of war, playing a large part in the Tennessee campaign of the Civil War.

Both Union and Confederate forces used Rippavilla as a temporary campground at different points in the conflict. When Nathan Bedford Forrest camped there in 1863, he convinced Nathaniel Cheairs to join his forces as a volunteer aide. But Rippavilla’s most dramatic role in the war came along in 1864, when Confederate General John Bell Hood’s troops occupied the grounds of the mansion. While he was sleeping at nearby Oaklawn, Union forces managed to sneak by during the night and slip through his intended cut-off, evading capture and moving on to Franklin. The next morning an angry Hood went to Rippavilla and sat down to breakfast with several of his ranking officers. As Susan Cheairs brought out platters of biscuits and ham, Hood berated his officers and made plans to advance towards Franklin, where he and his men would fight what would end up being one of the Confederacy’s most disastrous battles. When the Battle of Franklin was over, six Confederate generals would be dead, including a few who had breakfasted hours before at Rippavilla. Today, visitors can stand in the same room where that fateful breakfast took place. And those on our group tours even have the chance to eat there. Groups can make arrangements with us

ahead of time to schedule a plantation-style dinner, complete with fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, ham, corn pudding, and biscuits--just like the ones Susan Cheairs served on that November morning in 1864. For Mule Day attendees interested in the agricultural history of Maury County--from its grand plantations to its modest sharecropper plots--a visit to the Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life is a must. The museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm during Mule Day week, and is located down a gravel road behind Rippavilla that can be accessed by car. There, visitors will find a salvaged barn filled with over 500 items celebrating the area’s early farm life heritage. Many of the pieces on display date back to the early 1800s, and give visitors a glimpse of what not only 19th century Tennessee farm life was like, but how rural families lived from day to day. Antique household objects like molasses mills, homemade cotton gins, wash pots, and milk cans hearken back to a simpler, more self-sufficient time. But just like Mule Day, the Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life really celebrates the mule. Many of its best displays are mule-related, such as its 19th century plows, wagons and buggies. There is also a substantial collection of harnesses, saddles, halters, and blinders, many of them not so very different from those worn by the mules today as they walk down the streets of Columbia in the Mule Day Parade. Maury County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Skillington Draft Mule Show Saturday 2:00 PM

This show is really the beauty contest of our Mule Day event, (notice page three, which reflects the "King Mule" for 2012). The draft mule has been the foundation of Mule Day, since day one, either in this show, Mule Pulling, used in the Parade to pull wagons, or the basis for our Wagon Train. This show starts at 2:00 PM after the Mule Day Parade. This show is held in the Old Arena (front arena) with the Jack (the father of the Mule) and Jennet classes first, graduating to the 40


Draft Horses (the mother of the Mule). Class eight begins the segment of the show that leads to who is going home with the top prize of Mule Day 2013 and that is the "KING MULE" trophy. The judge is looking for long legs, long ears, and a good build. During this show you will notice there are classes for both Horse Mules (male) and Mare Mules, singles or in pairs. Be sure and cheer for the best looking mule you see and let the Judge know your preference.

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Draft Mule Show Named "Skillington Draft Mule Show" The Skillington Family is helping sponsor the Draft Mule Show starting with 2013 to "HONOR" our Father/ Grandfather, Charlie Skillington; Brothers/ Uncles, John Robert Skillington and Joe Frank Skillington. Charlie was Mule Day Chairman during the 1940's and was instrumental in getting Mule Day started back after World War II with the help of the Columbia Chamber Of Commerce. John Robert and Joe Frank were also involved during this time frame of Mule Day, and were later named as Co-Directors of the Draft Mule Show starting in the 1970's under the sponsorship of the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club until their deaths in 2006 and 2011. They both were in our Mule Day Parade, each year with their "Show Mules and Wagons." All three are members of the Mule Day Hall Of Fame. Mr. Charlie as he was known, claim to "fame", was his ride from Santa Fe to the State Capital on "Head Light Nell" in 1950 to invite Governor Gordon Browning to be Grand Marshall of the Mule Day Parade. This "ride" took place during late February and took two days to complete. John Robert in addition to his Mule Day activities, made several Wagion Train trips, one being the Bi-Centenial Wagon Train in 1976 to Gettysburg Pennsylvania, to help celebrate our Country's 200th birthday, another was down the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Tupelo Mississippi, in 1979. He also served as a "judge" of Draft Mules Shows in Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Joe Frank with help of our father helped start the first "Mule Pulls" at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville during the 1960's. Joe Frank "entered" many Mule Pull's during this time with a champion team, named "Hat and Bell". He was the "driver" of the 20 Mule Team in the 1950 Mule Day Parade with a "single line" to the lead Mule named "Old Mag". The Skillington Family would like to "Thank" the Mule Day Committee for allowing our family to be "honored" in this manner. – Dave Skillington

During the 1980's the Maury County Chamber of Commerce was active in "promoting" Mule Day through-out Middle Tennessee, before we started our three day Wagon Train. One such trip was to the State Capital to invite Governor Ned McWherter to our event. In the above picture Corinne Wells and Starlene Buie presenting the Governor one of our lapel pins, along with boxes of "Nilla Wafers" (one filled with hay", for the Skillington Mules that always made the trips), as the Governor was a "big fan" of this product. In the picture is Jimmy Couch, Milke Green, Bob Morgan, Mayor Barbara McIntyre, and you will also find our 1987 Mule Day Queen Kara Williams Huckaby.

Mule Day Knife Auction Saturday 4:00 PM The 2013 Mule Day Knife will be a Case, 2 blade, amber bone equestrian knife. Knives will be auctioned off at 4pm at the main stage in Maury County Park on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Knives 1 thru 10 will go to the highest bidder above the minimum , $65.00, bid with the money going to charity. Each of the 500 knives are boxed, serialized, and etched. Collectors with last year’s knives may purchase their 2013 knife by mail for $65.00 which includes free shipping. Make checks payable to: M.C.B.S.C. Mule Day Attn: Tom Tisher, Mule Day Knife Director PO Box 66, Columbia, TN 38402 Collectors who are placing their collections up for sale please call Tom Tisher at 931-629-7125. A list is being compiled for others interested in purchasing. 931.381.9557 COLUMBIA, TN &


Celebrating the Pioneer Spirit of the American Mule – By Meredith Hodges

Long before the Founding Fathers drafted our constitution, the roots of America were as a religious nation under God. Today’s mule also has his roots in religion. The mule’s ancestor—the donkey—is mentioned in the Bible numerous times as an animal acknowledged by God and blessed by Jesus Christ. The donkey was even chosen to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and, later, as the mount Jesus himself used for his ride into the city of Jerusalem. Throughout the development of our country—one nation under God—the American mule has been used to pull the mighty Conestoga Wagons of the pioneering settlers moving Westward, as a pack animal for settlers, miners and traders, and as an important part of our country’s defense in times of war. As early-nineteenth-century America continued to develop and its population grew, the American people came to depend more and more on self-sustaining agriculture. Because of the mule’s extraordinary ability to work long hours in sometimes harsh and unrelenting climates, his sure footedness which allowed them to cross terrain not accessible by any other means, and his resistance to parasites and disease, he became the prized gem of agriculture and remained

so for the next hundred and fifty years. From the day the Erie Canal first opened on October 26, 1825, mules and donkeys were always used to pull the heavy barges. Inevitably, songs like Thomas A. Allen’s “Low Bridge, Everybody Down,” which praises a mule named “Ol’ Sal,” became part of America’s folk song tradition. In the early days of the Erie Canal, men and their mules lived side by side on the barges—the mules were even brought onboard when they were not towing, and safety ramps were placed at intervals up the banks of the canals, in case an unlucky mule accidentally slipped into the canal and could not negotiate its steep walls to climb back out. In 1882, the Harmony Borax Works opened with one big problem—how to get their product 165 miles across the treacherous Mojave Desert from Death Valley to the nearest railroad spur. The answer? Mules! “The borax wagons were built in Mojave at a cost of $900 each... When the two wagons were loaded with ore and a 500-gallon water tank was added, the total weight of the mule train was 73,200 pounds or 36 and a half tons. When the mules were added to the wagons, the caravan stretched over 100 feet. The Twenty Mule Teams hauled more than 20 million pounds of borax out of Death Valley between 1883 and 1889.” 1

When American coal mining was booming, the mule was such a valuable member of the mining process, that a good mining mule was considered to actually be more valuable than a human miner. Mining has always been a dangerous business, and the mining mule’s innate sense of self-preservation was well known. “Mules are very smart...They 42


know what they can do and would never do anything they couldn’t or would not want to do. Mules were known to pull at least three full mine cars full of coal. If you hooked up a fourth car they would balk at any commands and just stand there. No way would they pull the fourth car!” 2

Because of their traits of strength, intelligence and loyalty, mules were a crucial part of our country’s greatest conflicts, from the Civil War through the Spanish American War, and in both World War I and World War II. A well-known tale from the Civil War states that, “In a battle at Chattanooga, a Union general’s teamsters became scared and deserted their mule teams. The mules stampeded at the sound of battle and broke from their wagons. They started toward the enemy with trace-chains rattling and wiffletrees snapping over tree stumps as they bolted pell-mell toward the bewildered Confederates. The enemy believed it to be an impetuous cavalry charge; the line broke and fled.” 3 During World War I, mules and horses were still the primary way that artillery was carried into battle. Although the 75mm Howitzers proved too heavy for most horses, it was a common sight to see the big guns strapped to the back of a sturdy mule. One of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon, has been home to mules since the 1800s. First brought in by prospectors, it was soon realized that the tourists wanted a way down to the Canyon floor, and so began the Grand Canyon mule pack trips. Famous mule-riding visitors to the Grand Continued on page 44










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Canyon have included Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, famed naturalist John Muir and painter/sculptor Frederic Remington. We Americans have worked alongside our mules and donkeys for centuries and have often taken their generous contributions for granted in the course of our country’s fast-paced growth, but the mule and donkey are likely to remain with us as long as they can find a way to make their contributions to society.

Those of us who attend Bishop Mule Days every year and many longears lovers across this country are very wellacquainted with the incredible assets of the mule, and look forward to singing his praises every year on October 26th, when Mule Appreciation Day rolls around. Let us never forget to thank our trusted companions for all they have contributed to building this great country of ours! For more information about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive correspondence training program, Training Mules and Donkeys, please visit www. or call 1-800-8167566. Also, find Meredith Hodges and Lucky Three Ranch on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to check out her children’s website at 1) 2) Mine Stories, The No. 9 Mine & Museum, Lansford, PA. 3) The Horse in the Civil War, by Deborah Grace © 2012 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

One of our new club members – that won her "first ribbons" in our shows this year. –10 year old Addie Johnston, daughter of Ryan & Christy Johnston.

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Saturday Evening Square Dance Saturday 7:00 PM The Mule Day Square Dance is held at the Ridley 4-H Center with a charge of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 6-12, children under 6 free. The Saturday Evening Square Dance was the culminating event for Mule Day in the early years and the tradition continues today. The old time Appalachian style square dance is held on Saturday night. Along with square dancing there is line dancing, buck dancing, two stepping and waltzes. This event features a live band and callers Frank Fite and Bobby Russell. A special event for several years is the presentation of the Mule Day Queen and her Court at 8:00 p.m. followed by a buck dance contest held at 9:00 p.m. for ages 5 and under; 6-12; 13-18; 19-60; 60+. There will be a male and female winner in each age group. Friends of the Park will operate the concession stand which provides hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes and a variety of other treats. For more information, contact Frank Fite 931-381-0772. E-mail:

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey– Visit to 2012 Mule Day The Morning Rotary Club of Columbia held their first Auctioneers Contest during Mule Day last year. One of the judges was Tennessee's Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, who is an auctioneer by profession. Julius Johnson, the Commissioner of Agriculture, who resides in Columbia, and is the former CEO of Tennessee Farm Bureau, called and stated that the Lt. Gov.'s wife wanted to come to Maury County Park to see some show mules up close. I talked to our friend and supporter Jerry Brown of Dexter, Missouri, about the visit, and he stated that he and C.B. White of Kentucky, would do more than "show the mules", they would carry the "special guests", on a wagon ride around the park. I invited Ben Tennison of Western Mule Magazine, over the meet our "special guest", and as they were leaving the park, Ben made the statement, "you sure hit a home run with that visit", and I stated, no it was not me, Jerry and C.B. were the ones swinging the bat. Thanks to Jerry Brown and C.B. White. – Dave Skillington Top: Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey & Mrs. Ramsey with Jerry Brown of Dexter, Missouri. Btm: Julius Johnson, TN Commissioner of Agriculture with C.B. White of Scottsville, Kentucky. 46


Greetings from Mule Day!

Beating at the heart of Maury County’s history are the hooves of mules. Never is this more evident than going through the old postcards of Columbia and Maury County. Postcards were made to highlight and promote things important to the people of Maury County. Churches, downtown scenes, municipal buildings, and events were all photographed and made into postcards. It has been said you only have one chance to make a good impression. Well, these postcards were Maury County’s one chance. When the recipient opened their mail to find a postcard from Maury County, its purpose was to shout, “Look at how nice county is— come visit!” It is not a coincidence that Mule Day—or the First Monday as it was called then—was featured on several postcards. Mule Day, then and now, was both a cultural events and a major shot to the arm of the local economy. One such postcard was mailed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 1938. The postcard features a cartoon by artist Colin Chappell. In the cartoon, fictional “Col. Maury County” declares, “Folks! Maury has the finest mules and the prettiest gals in the world!” And, on a more serious note, the card states that Columbia, Tennessee is “the world’s larger street mule market—during 1937, mule sales totaled more than $3,000,000.”

The Mule Day parade was still in its infancy at the time this postcard was mailed in 1938. The first parade was held in 1934 and it continued to grow each year, that is, until World War II came along. Due to the war effort, the Mule Day parade was put on hold. But, with the Allied victory in 1945, Columbia prepared for a one of the biggest and best Mule Days ever. A postcard was made showing the first Mule Day after World War II in 1946. The card shows several thousand people crowding the streets of Downtown Columbia, stretching out for several city blocks. The old saying, “couldn’t stir ‘em with a stick,” comes to mind when looking at this postcard, as it shows building-to-building people starting at the Maury County Courthouse and stretching far past First Methodist Church on West Seventh Street. Although postcards have become, unfortunately, a thing of the past (people would rather email a picture than mail one today), Mule Day is still going strong and is as popular as ever.

A young girl named Mary mailed the Mule Day postcard in 1946. She wrote to her friend on the back, “I think everyone was there, except you… Do you see me in the crowd?” Be like Mary—go be seen in the crowd at Mule Day! The Mule Day postcards and many other Maury County scenes are included in Adam Southern’s first book, Maury County: A History in Vintage Postcards. These books are available at the Maury County Public Library in Columbia, Tennessee or online at

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Mule Day Queen & Court

Kaitlyn Huckaby 1st Runner-up

Hannah Lawrence 2nd Runner-up

Brittany Sharp 3rd Runner-up

Taylor Willis 4th Runner-up



Tanna Norman 2012 Mule Day Queen

Farewell Mule Day for me began as soon as I came into this world. As a little girl, my family and I would always camp out at the park, ride in the parade and I would get to show my own mule Mable in the Riding Mule Show. As I got a little older, I continued to participate in the shows on my mule Doc, and never would I miss riding in the parade! I only missed one Mule Day Parade and that year it rained, so my father said it wouldn’t be safe to ride the mule and horses on the wet pavement. I remember accepting that fact after a lot of crying and begging. You would have thought the world was coming to an end when I wasn’t able to be in the parade because Mule Day meant and still means more to me than Christmas. Like Santa leaving presents on Christmas Eve, riding in the parade was the highlight of Mule Day to me because I got to wear western clothes and show off my mule Doc down the main streets of Columbia with eager people ready to see what that year’s parade had in store. Mule Day was my life. Looking back on all the amazing memories made and my childhood years spent at Mule Day, I remember when I was four asking my mother one important question that would forever change my life, who I was and who I wanted to be one day. “Who is that girl with that crown on her head?” are the words I asked as I curiously gawked at this pretty girl. She then replied, “She is the Mule Day Queen.” That’s simply all she had to say. I told her I wanted to that girl when I got older, so I then began doing pageants in hopes of achieving my dream one day. Eleven years and many pageants later, I was finally old enough, and it was time to enter the 2011 Miss Mule Day. It being my very first year to be able to be in it, I went in with a mindset thinking this will be a big learning experience this time. I was called to be in the top 10 that night, and I decided whatever happened after that would be just fine with me because it was my first year. I was then called as fourth runner up and I’m pretty sure I cried more than the beautiful Miss Tiffany Smith who was crowned Mule Day Queen that night because I was so happy and shocked. After becoming a part of the Mule Day Queen’s court, I learned that this pageant wasn’t just another beauty pageant. It was about finding a beautiful, down to earth, intelligent young lady who could reach out to people of all aspects of life and represent Maury County well. And after spending a great whole year promoting Mule Day with Miss Tiffany, Hannah, Brittany, Papa Dave, Lisa and the Mule Day Committee, I was determined to be “that lady” one day. It was time to start preparing for the 2012 Mule Day Pageant. I was prepared to give it my best shot, but with all of the gorgeous ladies who wanted to be Mule Day Queen just as bad as I did, the gorgeous dresses and the very best speeches, it was bound to be anyone’s game. Everyone brought their A game in their personal introduction, individual competition and onstage question. Backstage, we were all a nervous wreck.

BEAUTY PAGEANT The Mule Day Pageant will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 7PM at Columbia State Community College in the Cherry Theater. We will crown a Queen and her court consisting of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners up. Contestants must be 15 - 21 years of age, a resident or student in Maury County. Cash awards will be given to the Queen and her court. The Queen and her court make appearances at all Mule Day events, interviewed by local radio stations, newspapers, a trip to the State Capitol in Nashville, Nashville television stations, and other functions to promote our Mule Day event. Sharon Puckett, Nashville TV personality will again be the M.C. for the pageant. Contact the Mule Day office for an application or for more details.

I remember asking if anyone wanted to pray, and the girls back there thought it’d be a good idea. We then gathered in a circle, held hands and we prayed for God’s support. It was the moment we all had been waiting for. It was time to crown the 2012 Miss Mule Day Queen and her court. They called all the runners up and then I remember thinking “Well this is it Tanna. You didn’t place. Either something really good is about to happen or (what I believed) really bad is about to happen you.” On February 25th, 2012 they called contestant number 8, Tanna Norman as the 2012 Miss Mule Day Queen. I could hardly believe that was me. I had won. I had never been so happy in my whole entire life. My dream had come true, and I cried and cried so many happy tears that night. I truly believe the best things happen in life when you’re least expecting them. The week of Mule Day was truly one of the best and most unforgettable weeks of my life. To begin the week, I spoke at the State Capital in front of the House of Representatives after being introduced by Shelia Butts our local Representative and then to the State Senate Chambers by State Senator Bill Ketron. Tuesday and Wednesday I rode on my mule Festus with the Wagon Train, and we rode all the way into Columbia Wednesday evening. My court and I walked around the fairgrounds, stuffed our faces with

some of the best food around, told a lie or two in the Liars Contest, danced at the 4-H Center and took many pictures with people from all across the United States the remainder of the week. On Saturday, it come a rough storm, but luckily we were fortunate enough for God to have held the rain out for the parade. On Sunday things were winding down, but not for me and Festus. We participated in the Riding Mule Show and had an absolute ball. I couldn’t have imagined my week without my court Kaitlyn, Hannah, Brittany and Taylor. We made some of the best memories that will last a life time. All my life, I had dreamed of holding this title. Sitting here typing this now, it’s still hard to believe that I will forever be a part of Mule Day history. This past year was the best year of my life all because I won one beauty pageant. It wasn’t your average beauty pageant though and that’s what makes it so special. It was a dream come true. I couldn’t have imagined a better year. God truly blessed me for having the chance to hold this title.

Tanna Norman

Your 2012 Mule Day Queen,

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Maury County 4-H Mane Gang

It is a weekday night, and students are piling into the Equine Training Center in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. Activity is buzzing all around. Teen and adult leaders are in the barn setting up equipment and getting ready for the meeting to start. New and old members are arriving by the minute. Excitement is in the air. The first 4H Mane Gang meeting of the school year is about to begin. The Mane Gang group is the afterschool, 4-H horse project group in Maury County. This group meets once a month during the school year from October to May. It is open to any student in 4th through 12th grade. The Mane Gang is led by volunteer leader, Jan Stroup, owner of the Equine Training Center, along with Maury County 4-H Extension Agents, Savannah Webb and Dill Hughes. Mane Gang also has student officers and teen leaders who guide the monthly meetings, mentor younger members, and coordinate community service projects. “The goal of the Maury County 4-H Mane Gang is to teach members to be responsible, educated horse people. We want to promote leadership, responsibility, communication, and ethical decision making skills for all of our members. As adult leaders, we have a responsibility to prepare young people for the world ahead of them. 4-H has many avenues to do this whether it is in our Mane Gang group or our other 4-H activities,” commented Savannah Webb, Maury County 4-H Agent. Members in the 4-H Mane Gang are exposed to a variety of activities in meetings. Members get to hear from guest speakers, experience demonstrations from horse professionals, complete hands-on learning centers, and ride during meetings. Members are educated in horse skills and knowledge including safety, proper 50


riding, tack, equipment, breeds, nutrition, anatomy, diseases, conformation, and much more. Mane Gang also provides opportunities for members to participate in many other horse activities and competitions at the regional and state level. Members can demonstrate their riding skills in summer 4-H horse shows that are held in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Many of the Mane Gang members also participate on the Maury County 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Team. The horse bowl and hippology competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the horse through written tests and quiz bowl competitions. Mane Gang members also participate in the 4-H Horse Judging Competition demonstrating their knowledge of correct horse conformation and structure. Finally, Mane Gang members can participate in the horse public speaking and demonstration contests and complete horse project books as part of the overall Tennessee horse 4-H project. The Maury County Mane Gang currently has over 60 active members. “Maury County has always had a rich equine history and tradition. Our Mane Gang is proof that this rich history and tradition is being passed onto its youth. Like any group, we have seen many ups and downs over the years. I am proud of how far our group has come and what is in store for its future,” said Savannah Webb. The Mane Gang group is part of the Maury County 4-H Program. Ninety-four counties in the state of Tennessee have a 4-H program. The 4-H youth development program is administered through the University of Tennessee Extension. Through 4-H in Tennessee, any student in 4th through 12th grades can participate in community or in-school 4-H Clubs, special

interest project groups, after-school programs, camps, and many other activities. The mission of 4-H is to empower youth to develop and strengthen life sills through hands-on activities and community involvement. Maury County has over 2,000 youth enrolled in 4-H. The Maury County 4-H Program meets in-school 4-H Clubs in every public school 4th and 5th grade classroom. They also offer many summer camping opportunities including Junior 4-H Camp, Junior High 4-H Camp, Shooting Sports Camp, Academic Conference, Roundup, Line and Design Camp, and Electric Camp. In addition to the horse project group, Maury County also has wildlife, companion animal, sewing, gardening, and livestock project groups that meet afterschool throughout the year. If you are interested in more information about the Maury County 4-H Program, please contact the Maury County 4-H Office at (931) 375-5301 or by emailing If you live in other Tennessee counties, you may find information about your local county 4-H office by visiting the Tennessee 4-H homepage at

Worship Service Sunday 10:00 AM Join us at the Main Stage as a local Baptist Church leads us in a creative worship experience entitled... “Beginning in Jesus” A special presentation that has something for everyone including a live band, drama, signing and puppets! Sponsored by Mule Day and the Maury Baptist Association.

Gospel Singing Sunday 1:00 PM Local gospel singers will be performing at the Main Stage. Gospel singing will include both southern gospel and contemporary. Bring the entire family and enjoy the day. Ron Perry, Gospel Singer, will perform all during Mule Day and at the Worship Service on Sunday.

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Columbia Mule Days At the end of March, year after year There’s a place I love to be. It’s called Mule Days, a four day celebration In Columbia, Tennessee. There’s things to see like nowhere else And it involves Donkeys and Mules Why this thing’s so big with so many involved They close down all the schools. People are here to show their mules From minnie on up to the draft ones. In gaited and speed class like barrels and poles Course the pullin is left to the big ‘uns. It starts with the wagon trail rollin in Led by ole Charlie White. Somewhere between 20 and 40 wagons Brother this is one glorious sight. On Thursday they start loadin logs Runnin races and showin the little ones. Then Friday the bleachers and hillside fill up To see all the beautiful wagons. You see it’s the start of the wagon show With names like Black, White and Brown. These drivers are tryin to win the blue ribbon It’s the classiest show in town.

Later that night the festivities continue With high stepping mules of course. Those gaited mules have the same kind of mothers The Tennessee Walkin Horse. Now Saturday morning there’s a parade held in town Like no other that you’ll ever see. With hundreds of wagons and horses and mules It’s definitely the place to be. After that’s over is the draft halter class Pickin the winner is no easy thing. But when it’s all done, the one that’s the best For the next year gets to be King. Sunday the last day starts with a church service Then the ridin show ends all the fun. Another shows over, the trailers pull out Thinkin next year we’ll do it again. This event has a very long history round here Datin back to 1840. All centered around the down town auction, Back then the mules weren’t quite so sporty.

Now over the years the Mule show has changed As well as the names that you’d hear. Like Skillington, Brown and others gone on We thank them while shedding a tear. But there’s still many here to keep things going And some of the names are still found. Like Skillington, White, Summers and others And of course we still have a Brown. So if you’ve got nothing better to do Late in March, right at the end. Come to Columbia, look up D.C. or others Get a smile and make a new friend By Randy Yancey September 28, 2012 931.381.9557 COLUMBIA, TN &


Entry Information and Competition Rules 10 Log Loading Competition Thursday 12:00 Noon The show will be held in the main arena. All equipment furnished except animals and harness. $30 Entry Fee Per Class. Payback: 1st $150; 2nd $125; 3rd $100; 4th $75; 5th $50. Rules for Competition: - Judged on skill of team and handling of animals - Two hitches, maximum of four animals - Teams can be mules or horses The judging starts when the team is hitched to wagon and driven to loading dock. Snake (drag) logs to wagon and load onto wagon. Buck (tie) down with chain and saplin pole. Hitch to wagon and return to starting point. Judging stops. For further info contact Emory Combs 334-887-7288.

Jackpot Mule Races Thursday 2:30 PM Jackpot Mule Races will feature heats of some smokin' fast mules, all competing for cash and bragging rights for the title of Fastest Mule in Tennessee.

17. Run & Lead Race – Mules & Donkeys 18. Best Matched Pair 19. Open – Solid Colors – Mules & Donkeys 20. Open – Spotted/Color – Mules & Donkeys 21. Halter Jennets – 2 years and older 22. Halter Geldings – 2 years and older 23. Halter Jacks – 2 years and older

22 Driving Show Friday 12:00 Noon $5 Entry Fee Per Class. Payback $60, $50, $40, $30 and $20. Chairman of this show is Ricky Skillington 931-637-2217 and Glenda Bowman 931-388-7969. 1. Skidding - 1 Mule to Slide 1 Line and/or Voice Commands 2. Skidding - 2 Mules to Slide 1 Line and/or Voice Commands 3. Draft Horse Hitch 4. Mule Hitch - Show Wagon, 2 Mules 5. Mule Hitch - Lady Driver, 2 Mules 6. Skill Driving - 2 Mules Driving Skills & Teamwork to be Judged 7. Unicorn Hitch - 3 Mules 8. Mule Hitch - 1 Mule 9. Mule Hitch - 4 Mules


Mini Mania Show Thursday 1:00 PM Open to Miniature Donkeys (36" and less) and Miniature Mules (up to 40"). Registration at Noon. $5 Entry Fee Per Class. Prize Money: $25 1st Place, $20 2nd Place, $15 3rd Place. Ribbons awarded 1st thru 5th. Body Clipping is "Not Required" Because of Inclement Weather. For further info contact Carol Tisher 931-629-7127 E-Mail: tctisher@ 1. Youth Driving – Exhibitor age 17 & under 2. Adult Driving/Team Hitch – Exhibitor age 18 & over 3. Adult Driving/Single Hitch – Exhibitor age 18 & over 4. Flag Race/Mules – Single Hitch Only 5. Flag Race/Donkeys – Single Hitch Only 6. Obstacle Driving – Mules & Donkeys 7. Snigging – Mules 8. Snigging – Donkeys 9. Coon Jumping – Mules & Donkeys 10. Panty Race – Mules & Donkeys 11. Egg n’ Spoon Race – Mules & Donkeys 12. Braying Contest (no entry fee) 13. Costume Class 14. Halter Weanling/Yearling – Mules 15. Halter Weanling/Yearling – Donkeys 16. In Hand Trail – Mules & Donkeys 56


27 Gaited Mule Tennessee State Championship Friday 6:00 PM Entries from All States Welcome! Sponsored by the Maury County Bridle & Saddle Club. Entry office opens at 3:30. AGMA Rules Apply. Shoe Size no Larger Than ½ x 1 ½. English or Western Attire. No Canter in Any Class. $15 Entry Fee Per Class. (Class 1 No Entry Fee). Payback 1st Place $50, 2nd Place $30, 3rd Place $20, 4th Place $15, 5th Place $10. For more info contact the Mule Day office 931-381-9557 or Phain Smith at 931-388-5286. 1. Stick Mule Class (Stick horses welcome) 6 years and under 2. Gaited Mule to Halter – Open 3. Trail Pleasure Racking Men 18 and over 4. Style Racking – Riders 17 and under 5. Men Riders on Gaited Mules Riders 18 and over Walk & Favorite Gait 6. 4 Years and under Tennessee Walking Mules – Riders 18 and over Specialty 7. Trail Pleasure Racking Ladies 18 and over 8. Gaited Mules – Riders 17 years and under Speciality 9. Western Gaited Trail Pleasure – Walk and

Favorite Gait, No Caveson, One Hand Riders 18 years over 10. Lady Riders on Gaited Mules Riders -18 Years and over Walk and Favorite Gait 11. Riders 50 and over on Tennessee Walking Mules – Flat Walk and Running Walk 12. Western Gaited Trail Pleasure – Walk and Favorite Gait, No Caveson, One Hand Riders 17 years and under 13. Trail Pleasure Racking Riders 17 and under 14. Gaited Mules Riders 50 and over Walk and Favorite Gait 15. Style Racking – Riders 18 years and over 16. 5 Year and Over Gaited Mules – Riders 18 years and over 17. Speed Racking – Riders 18 years and over 18. 5 Years and over Tennessee Walking Mule State Championship *Specialty means No Canter

NEW! Stick Horse Race 5:30 Friday and 11:30 Saturday before Mule Pulling Shows. Open to ages 6 and under.

28 Pony Mule Pulling Friday 6:00 PM Weigh-in from 3PM - 5PM. Small Mules pull between 11' ropes (percentage) 0 - 1,000 pounds / 1,005 - 1,500 pounds 36 Mule Pulling Tennessee State Championship Saturday 12:00 NOON The Tennessee State Mule Pulling Championship is in the new arena. Weigh-in is from 9 to 11AM There will be seven classes with a $10 entry fee. Ribbons are awarded in each class. $100 for Champions in Small, Medium and Large. Prizes $100, $80, $60, $40 and $20. Overall Champion Team will receive a Trophy Belt Buckle. Mule Day Jackets will be awarded to the Champions of each class. Pull slide 10 foot. Sled weights 1,000 lbs. Medium Mules pull between 12' ropes 1,505 - 1,900 pounds 1,905 - 2,100 pounds Heavy Mules pull between 14' ropes 2,105 - 2,300 pounds 2,305 - 2,500 pounds New single overweight pull. 2,505 – 2,700 Pulling 15 ft

Original Proof of Negative Coggins Test Required for All Competition Events – See Disclaimer on page 14. Between 14 ft ropes. For More Information on the Tennessee State Mule Pulling Championship Contact: Anita King 931-6823376.

40 Skillington Draft Mule Show Saturday 2:00 PM $5 Entry Fee Per Mule. Payback $40, $35, $30, $25 and $20. No horse stallion of any age allowed in any class. Chairman of this show is Ricky Skillington 931-637-2217 and Glenda Bowman 931-388-7969. The Draft Mule classes are as follows: 1. Best Jack - 2 years and under 2. Best Jack - 3 years and over 3. Best Jennet - 2 years and under 4. Best Jennet - 3 years and over 5. Best Draft Horse - 2 years and under 6. Best Draft Horse - 3 years and over 7. Best Pair Horses - Open (No Stallions) 8. Best Mare Mule - 1 year old 9. Best Pair Mare Mules - 1 year old 10. Best Horse Mule - 1 year old 11. Best Pair Horse Mules - 1 year old 12. Best Mare Mule - 2 years old 13. Best Pair Mare Mules - 2 years old 14. Best Horse Mule - 2 years old 15. Best Pair Horse Mules - 2 years old 16. Best Mare Mule - 3 years old 17. Best Pair Mare Mules - 3 years old 18. Best Horse Mule - 3 years old 19. Best Pair Horse Mules - 3 years old 20. Best Mare Mule - 4 years and over 21. Best Pair Mare Mules - 4 years & over 22. Champion Mare Mule of Show Winners of Class 23. Champion Horse Mule of Show Winners of Class 24. Grand Champion of Show to be Crowned “King Mule”

50 Riding Mule Show Sunday 11:00 AM There will be a high point award given to the top youth and adult exhibitor. All classes on the showbill will count except the ones marked with an *. $5 Entry Fee Per Class (except Leadline and classes marked with **). Payback will be 1st $35, 2nd $25, 3rd $10 and 4th $5. **OPEN Classes will be a $10 Entry Fee. Payback will be 1st $50, 2nd $40, 3rd $30, 4th $20 and 5th $10. If you have any questions concerning the NEW Riding Mule Show, please contact Ricky Strain-Smith at 931-788-1156. Starting at 11:00 AM - Walking Horse Arena

1. Halter *2. Leadline NO ENTRY FEE (Ribbons Only) 3. Gaited Pleasure 4. Walk-Trot 17 & Under 5. Walk-Trot 18 & Over 6. Gaited Trail Pleasure 7. Western Pleasure 17 & Under 8. Western Pleasure 18 & Over **9. OPEN Western Pleasure 10. Trail

11. Run-Ride-Lead *12. Resue 13. One Barrel 17 and Under 14. One Barrell 18 and Over 15. Catalog Rack 16. Potato Race *17. Panty Hose Race 18. Barrels 17 and Under 19. Barrels 18 and Over 20. Flags 21. Poles

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1950 and 2012 Mule Day Grand Marshalls

In 1950 my father Charlie Skillington, rode Headlight Nell from our home in Santa Fe to the State Capital, to "deliver" an invitation to Governor Gordon Browning, to lead the 1950 Parade. The above picture "reďŹ&#x201A;ects" a third person, that being Congressman Pat Sutton from Lawrenceburg, TN. Note that my father (far right) was not pleased, he and the Governor were riding show mules" with saddles, and the Congressman was riding a "work mule" with harness, that he obtained as the parade began. I guess he could be remembered as the 'GRAND MARSHALL CRASHER" OF 1950.

2012 Grand Marshall Guy Penrod, Gospel Singer, Ricky Strain-smith Club President, Daughter Camden and Dee Cee Neeley, Mule Day Chairman

About the Mule

The Draft (Working) Mule

Gaited/Quarter (Riding) Mule

Papa = Jack Mama = Draft Mare (Belgian or Percheron) Average Weight = 1,300 to 1,500 Lbs.

Papa = Jack Mama = Walking/Quarter Mare Average Weight = 700 to 850 Lbs.

Mule DeďŹ nition A mule is an offspring from a Jack (donkey) and a female horse, while the reverse of such is called a Hinny. They are almost always sterile, however there are some rare cases where mules and Hinnies have been able to produce offspring. Donkeys have a total of 62 chromosomes and horses have 64---so a mule being a hybrid, has a total of 63 chromosomes. Mules have some of the strong traits of their father, those being----patience, endurance, agility in being sure footed in unstable terrain, and plus their hooves are much stronger, and they go lame less often. A male mule is called a John or horse mule, whereas a female mule is called a Molly or mare mule. To own one and the pleasure you will receive in dealing with these animals is something everyone should experience.

Work Mules vs. Riding Mules: Work Mules or as they are called by most people Draft Mules are bred to work, the average size weight is 1,300 to 1,500 pounds, whereas the Riding Mules that are bred to ride, the average weight is 700 to 850 pounds. The Jack (donkey) is the father in both cases, whereas the draft or work mule mother is a draft horse the breed being---Belgian, Percheron, or Clydesdales; the Riding Mule mother is a Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse, Appaloosa, etc. 58



MULE DAY - COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE Parade is on Saturday, April, 6th, 2013


PARADE REQUIREMENTS Anyone wanting to participate in the parade should send a brief description of their parade entry to parade director D.C. Neeley 931-388-4590, or Maury County Bridle & Saddle Club 931-381-9557, P.O. Box 66, Columbia, TN 38402 by March 15th. They will be notified by mail of their lineup number by March 29th. All entries must be in place and ready for judging by 10 a.m. Judging is in the assembly area before the parade begins and the entries will be judged on adherence to theme, originality, and appropriateness to Mule Day, Judge's decision will be final. No cars, trucks, vans or tractors will be accepted as entries except those decorated as floats, pulling floats, or carrying beauty queens, political figures, etc. No bicycles, motorcycles, go carts, dune buggies, lawn mowers or 4-wheelers permitted on parade route. No entry in the parade shall wear or display any costume, flag, sign, banner, standard or insignia, which in the sole discretion of the Mule Day Committee of the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club, is judged to be offensive according to community standards recognized by said Committee, or which in said Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole judgment would be repulsive, or cause fear or anxiety to a large portion of the Community and/or might incite people to violence. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in assembly area, along parade route and at Maury County Park. Anyone who does not comply will be subject to arrest and will be PULLED FROM THE PARADE ON THE SPOT. Nothing is to be thrown from or passed out from parade entries or by anyone participating in parade. ABSOLUTELY NO BALLOONS ALONG PARADE ROUTE. Likewise, parade entrants must be suitably dressed. Shirtless riders will not be permitted to participate in the parade. Dogs must be on a leash on Parade route. State Law requires that your animals have proof of an Equine Infectious Anemia Test (Negative Coggins Disease) at all events during Mule Day. This test must have been done in the last 12 months. See disclaimer on page 14. Rules continue on next page. AWARDS Best Mule & Wagon Entry - 1st place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Mule & Wagon Entry - 2nd place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 Best Pony Mule & Wagon Entry - 1st place. . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Pony Mule & Wagon Entry - 2nd place . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 Best Commercial Float - 1st place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Commercial Float - 2nd place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00

Best Mounted Mule Entry - 1st place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Mounted Mule Entry - 2nd place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 Best Mounted Costumed Entry - 1st place . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Mounted Costumed Entry - 2nd place . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 Best Club Float - 1st place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 Best Club Float - 2nd place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00

Description of Entry:

CHECK ONE: Animal Powered Q or Mechanical Q. If you will haul a political figure please check here Q. Name:

Length of parade entry: feet Do you wish to be judged? Q YES Q NO Phone: ( )

Address: City:


ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY & RELEASE OF LIABILITY As consideration for being permitted by the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club to participate in the Mule Day Parade and/or activities, I do hereby waive any claim and release the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club and all of their owners, officers, members, affiliated organizations, land owners, agents and/or employees for any injury or death caused by or resulting from my participation in any activity.


Zip Code:

Sponsored By:

Signature of Participant or Parent or Guardian 931.381.9557 COLUMBIA, TN &


Parade Rules The Mule Day parade is one of the highlights of the festivities and is attended by more people than any other event or activity during Mule Day. Each year the parade grows and the organizers strive to make it bigger and better than the year before. We are at a point where for the time being we can no longer make it bigger, but we can continue to make it better. The line-up area is going to be shorter for the parade and therefore we ask only pre-registered entries show up on the day of the parade. All parade participants are asked to check in at the top of the hill on Carmack Boulevard and 17th Street. From there you will be directed to your line-up spot after you have checked in and after Coggins papers are checked for mounted entries. All parade participants should pre-register thru the Mule Day office prior to March 11th. The parade is for approved entries that are pre-registered and assigned a line-up number through the office. If you have not pre-registered, we ask you come out and watch the parade, but not attempt to be a participant. All participants are asked to adhere to the parade rules. 1. Proof of current Coggins Test required for all equine 2. No balloons in the parade or along the parade route 3. No alcohol allowed in the parade or at the park 4. Horse and mule riders will ride four abreast 5. Shirts and shoes must be worn 6. No passing in the parade. You must stay in your spot. 7. No riding backwards in the parade 8. Nothing is to be thrown or given from parade entries to spectators. This includes candy, t-shirts, passes, tickets, trinkets, etc. 9. No bicycles, motor bikes or four wheelers in the parade 10. Mule riders will ride in front of the MCB&S Club wagon train 11. Entries should stay in the center of the street and follow the center line 12. Floats should adhere to the current theme 13. Entry number should be displayed on both sides of entry 14. Anyone not obeying parade rules will be asked to leave the parade 15. Mounted riders are asked to register as a group and will be assigned a parade number. Other mounted riders will be placed in the back of the parade and will be required to ride in an organized manner. 16. These rules are intended for everyone in the parade and are necessary to make a safe and enjoyable parade for both participants and spectators

Mule Day Directors Chairman .......................................Dee Cee Neeley In Park Activities Coordinator ......................Vacant Out of Park Activities Coordinator ...............Vacant Office Manager.................................... Louise Mills Club President .......................... Ricky Strain-Smith Club Treasurer ............................. David Skillington Advisor ............................................... Knoxie Goad Advertising .............................................Brady Carr Arena/Grounds Maintenance ............Gary Thrasher Arts & Crafts ....................................... Kelley Jones Flea Market ................................ Deborah Ethridge Assistant .................................... Rachael Houston Bluegrass Concert................................ Phain Smith Assistant ......................................... Doug Church Camping ........................................................Vacant Assistant .....................................................Vacant Commercial Vendors ................... David Skillington Concessions ..............................................Ben Jones Assistant ........................................... Denisa Jones Draft Mule Show .........................Ricky Skillington Assistant .....................................Glenda Bowman Entertainment ............................... Connie Thrasher Assistant ..............................................Shea Truitt Gaited Mule Show .............................. Phain Smith Assistant ...................................... Buddy Kennedy Knives ....................................................Tom Tisher Assistant ......................................Rachel Brickner Maintenance & Sanitation ...............Danny Bradley Mini Mule Show ................................. Carol Tisher Assistant .....................................Deloris Garrison Mule Pulling ..........................................Anita King Assistant ..................................... Shena Lancaster Pageant ..................................................... Lisa Flatt Assistant .......................................... Fran Thornell Parade ............................................Dee Cee Neeley Assistant ............................................ Rick Neeley Public Relations................................... Louise Mills Reception ......................................Dianne Pressnell


Assistant ....................................Scarlett McMeen

41st Annual Mule Day November 2nd, 2013

Secretary, Mule Day ......................Glenda Bowman

Square Dance .......................................... Frank Fite

Lots of arts crafts, MULES and Parade. For more information call: Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce 229-377-MULE or 229-377-3663 email: 60

Assistant ...................................... Frankie Church Riding Mule Show ................... Ricky Strain-Smith


Signage .............................................. David Woody Assistant ......................................... Sheila Woody Assistant ............................................ Martha Fite Stalls ...........................................................Joe King Wagon Train ......................................Gary Thrasher Assistant .....................................................Vacant

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MAURY COUNTY BRIDLE AND SADDLE CLUB'S MULE DAY FESTIVAL – From the Editor The Maury County Bridle @ Saddle Club which sponsors Mule Day was chartered" as a non-profit organization in 1973. Looking for a way to raise money to support the club's activities and contribute back to the community, someone came up the idea of bringing Mule Day back after an absence of 24 years. The club's charter places emphasis on supporting the youth in the area of "equine" ownership, care and other "farm related" practices, which they can use later in life. Columbia, Tennessee and Mules are "synonymous" to many people in the Southeast. Columbia became a Mule Trading Center over 135 years ago, farmers knew that could find "quality, well broke mules" to plow the fields, in other words, their team of mules could "make or break" them. Mule sales were the next phase, a parade downtown with mule shows and the event was known as the First Monday in April, for the sales were held on that day each year. The event did not take place during World War ll, but was started back in 1947 and continued until 1950, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. During this time, the farmers started using tractors, and interest was lost, so 1950 was the last year the event took place until 1974. Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club has about one hundred members, with about half from outside Maury County. Our club is one of the most active clubs in Tennessee, due in part to Mule Day. It is "great" to witness our young riders receive their first "blue ribbon". We have an "awards dinner" each December to reward those members who have "performed well" during our club shows.

The Mule Day Committee is made up of 35 club members, (Directors and Assistant Directors for each function of Mule Day), many other club members also assist this group in helping "put our event on " each year. There are many other people outside of our organization, that help and are "very important" in the success of Mule Day. The City of Columbia, Maury County Government, Maury County Visitors Bureau, Maury County Chamber and Alliance, Maury County Parks and Recreation staff does an outstanding job in getting the park ready for all of our shows, vendors and entertainment activities, and the Maury School System in letting us use their "School Grounds" for over-flow parking. Estimates of the "economic impact" by local officials ranges from 10 to 12 million dollars. Anytime you have 100,000 in attendance for an event, and many are in town for a week, then the math is simple. We have tried to keep our admission at the Park, along with other fees, reasonable in order for anyone who wants to come and enjoy all of our activities can afford to do so. For the years 2000 thru 2012 our club has donated to local charities or made improvements at Maury County Park in excess of $535,000. In closing, our club would like to "thank everyone", that has advertised in our program, we use these funds to pay for printing, postage for the 32,000 we will have printed, in order to get our message "out" to everyone about our great event. Everyone should "RACE TO MULE DAY 2013" in Columbia, Tennessee.

MULE DAY OFFICE PO Box 66, Columbia, TN 38402 931-381-9557 •• 62


Advertisers Index Ascend Federal Credit Union ....................12 Autoboy of America .....................................15 Banner Sponsors............................................61 Bedford Tack....................................................20 Benson Mule Days, NC.................................29 Bishop, California–Mule Days....................51 Bostelman Enterprises......................... 2 & 33 Calvary, Georgia–Mule Days......................60 Columbia Academy ......................................34 Community First Bank & Trust ..................44 Curvey Road Sawmill ...................................25 Dixie Longear Magazine.............................31 Elias Golf Carts................................................17 Family Advantage .........................................54 Farm Bureau Tennessee ..............................39 First Farmers & Merchants Bank...............26 Ford ...................................................................... 7 General Motors ..............................................64 Hampton Inn...................................................51 Haulers Insurance Company, Inc..............45 HorsePix Photography ................................24 Legends Steakhouse....................................29 Lucky Three Ranch........................................43 Maury Alliance................................................63 Maury County Convention & Visitors Bureau........................................11 Maury County Fair & Expo .........................35 Maury County Senior Center ....................21 Maury Magic Riders......................................31 Maury Regional Medical Center ..............53 Middle TN & Maury County History Fair ..............................................................................54 Monroe Harding ............................................20 Nolens BBQ & Catering................................17 Pepsi...................................................................29 Purity Dairies...................................................23 Reese Bros Mule Company ........................12 Smokey Mountain Knife .............................18 Southern Fried Festival ..............................24 Stan's Restaurant...........................................54 Tennessee Equine Hospital........................12 Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life ..30 Tennessee State Parks..................................30 Tennessee Tech Alumni Assoc..................25 Wells Fargo.......................................................10 Western Mule Magazine .............................25 Westmoreland Mule Day Celebration....35 (red=corporate sponsors)

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