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May 25, 2024

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Macon Music and Mules Festival Kicks Off

The homage to roots music and traditions runs from Sept. 28 until Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day.

The Macon Music and Mules Festival, once called Uncle Dave Macon Days, kicks off in Shelbyville’s Cooper Steel Arena on Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 1. 

The American Mule and Music Association and Uncle Dave Macon Days are teaming up for this year’s excitement, which will be daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration grounds (721 Whithorn St., Shelbyville).

“We are teaming up with Uncle Dave Macon Days to enhance the festival experience by educating the public about old-time traditions in a fun way,” says Marty Gordon, Director of American Mule and Music. “As we embrace the future, together we will provide the old way of life, mules and homestead skills.”

The festivities combine music, mules, homesteading education, arts and craft vendors and more. The early music performed on the front porches, parlors, and barn raisin’s of the 19th century and early 20th century are all honored and celebrated, blending the old and new.

Family Area Activities

  • Pickersville
  • Wagon Train
  • Blacksmithing
  • Homesteading Demonstrations
  • Cast Iron Cooking Contest
  • Open Mule Races and Mule Competitions
  • Mule Give-a-way
  • Cutest Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest
  • Campfire Sing-a-long with Farmer and Adele
  • Hymn Sing and Church service

“This event will generate mule and music enthusiasts from around the country,” Gordon continues. “The blending of the mule competition and music will create a unique destination event. Fans young and old will experience the rich nostalgia of the rural roots of Middle Tennessee.”

Admission is a donation which will benefit veterans. For more information on the Macon Music and Mules Festival, visit


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.