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Presented by City of Columbia and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at Historic Downtown Columbia, Columbia TN

Mar 30 2020
Apr 05 2020

Mule Day is an annual celebration of all things related to mules and is held in Columbia, Tennessee, the “Mule Capital” of the world. It begun in 1840 as “Breeder’s Day”, a meeting for mule breeders, it now attracts over 200,000 people and takes place over four days. In addition to mules, traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing, and crafts are featured. View this year’s map of the festival.

If you visit during Mule Day celebrations, you might see a square dance, a mule-driving contest, a horse show, a crafts festival, or attend a flea market. Other events include “working mule”, “best of breed”, or even lumberjack competitions. Food served at the event includes barbecue, roasted corn, home-made pies and funnel cakes.

Since 1934, the festival has been highlighted by a “Mule Day Parade” held on Saturday during the celebration. Floats in the parade compete, with winners in each judged category receiving awards such as ribbons or money. The annual mule pull contest requires a pair of mules to pull a sled loaded with cinder blocks 10 feet. Each pair is given 3 tries to make it the full 10 feet. The team that pulls the most weight wins.

Mule Day Parade***The 2020 Mule Day Parade will have a change in its route, due to the West 7th Street construction project***

During the construction, two of the four lanes will be closed at all times. Once completed it will be a great up-grade to downtown Columbia, with wider sidewalks, landscaping, etc. Construction should be complete by late summer 2020.

The new route will offer more viewing for the 100,000 who are downtown for the parade on Saturday morning. The functions such as the Culleoka Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and The Polk Garden Party will continue as usual.

The Parade will still line-up at the same location on Carmack Blvd., at the same time. Carmack Blvd. runs into Garden Street in downtown Columbia, and goes thru Columbia (rather than take a left on West 7th Street stay on Garden Street thru downtown Columbia) to the north-end of town and take a left at the Duck River Bridge on Santa Fe Pike which feeds into James Campbell Blvd., which in turn will carry anyone who is going back to Maury County Park.

The Parade Route will be about the same length as the present route, Wagons, Mules and Horses will have to travel about a mile more in distance in getting back to Maury County Park. Santa Fe Pike and James Campbell Blvd. are both four-lane streets, as they will be blocked-off during this time, will be available to anyone who needs to be picked-up after the Parade.

Below is a list of the full activities by day:


9:00 a.m. Wagon Train Departs


Mid-Afternoon Wagon Train Arrives at Maury County Park


7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ham Biscuits (7-10); Ham Beans (10-5) Maury Senior Center
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Live Music at Main Stage All Weekend
12:00 Noon. Mini Mania Show – Old Arena
12:00 Noon Old Fashioned Log Pulling Competition – Main Arena
2:00 p.m. Feed Time Race – Main Arena
4:00 p.m. Jackpot Mule Races – Main Arena
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Gee-Haw Chili Supper – 1st Methodist Church, Downtown
6:00 p.m. Dummy Roping Contest – Main Arena
7:00 p.m. Bluegrass Music Fest – Columbia Central High School


7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ham Biscuits (7-10); Ham Beans (10-5) Maury Senior Center
9:00 a.m. State Auctioneer Contest, Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Live Music – Main Stage All Weekend
12:00 Noon Driving Mule Show – Old Arena
6:00 p.m. Gaited Mule Show – Old Arena
6:30 p.m. Live Music – Ridley 4-H Center with Tony Malugin, Katie Stewart & Logan Blade
7:00 p.m. Liars’ Contest Mule Tales – Columbia High School


6:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast – Memorial Bldg.
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Country Ham Breakfast – 123 Theta Pike
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ham Biscuits (7-10); Ham Beans (10-5) Maury Senior Center
8:00 a.m. Maury Regional 5K Race
9:00 – 11:00 Polk Home Garden Party
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Live Music – Main Stage All Weekend
11:00 a.m. Mule Day Parade – Downtown
12:00 Noon Pony Pulling – Main Arena
2:00 p.m. Mule Pulling – Main Arena
2:00 p.m. Skillington Draft Mule Show – Old Arena
4:00 p.m. Knife Auction – Main Stage
6:00 p.m. Bluegrass Music, Line Dancing, & Mule Town Stompers at Ridley 4-H Center


9:00 a.m. Worship Service – Main Stage
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
11:00 a.m. Riding Mule Show – Old Arena
12:30 p.m. Riding Mule Show – Main Arena
12:00 Noon Gospel Singing – Main Stage


Park Admission

$18/Weekend passes
$10/Friday and Saturday
FREE/Children under 12

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.

Contact: (931) 381-9557

Email: info@muleday.com

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Historic Downtown Columbia

707 North Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401

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