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November 30, 2022

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Columbia’s Mule Day Returns March 28 – April 3

Mule Day is an annual celebration of how mules played a role in Columbia, TN, the “Mule Capital” of the world. Begun in 1840 as “Breeder’s Day,” a meeting for mule breeders, it now attracts more than 200,000 people and takes place over four days. In addition to mules, traditional Appalachian food, music & dancing and arts & crafts are featured. COVID canceled the 2020 and 2021 Mule Day celebrations.

A mule is a hybrid animal bred from a mare (female horse) and a jack (male donkey). Maury County’s mule industry has grown into one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Various celebrations date back more than 180 years.

The event takes place through April 3.


Thursday – Saturday $10, under 12 Free; Sunday $5. Weekend passes are available for only $20. All campers are required to have weekend passes whenever they arrive. Please get them when you make arrangements for camping. The price includes state amusement tax and is good for all in-park activities, excluding rides.

‘American Idol’ finalist Cassandra Coleman will be the grand marshal for the parade on Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. in downtown Columbia. Performances will be by Elaine Roy, Shane Farmer, Eric Street, Debbie Barnett, and Irene Mandrell. Bring your chair and stake your parade-viewing spot. Click here to view the parade route.

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Schedule of Events 

Mule Day Schedule