Mule Day

By Kate Gaier
4:15 pm November 4, 2006

The four legged animals were the main attraction in Calvary, Georgia as thousands gathered for the Annual Mule Day celebration.

"Plenty of good food, plenty of good friendship and you just have a good time here," said one man enjoying the festivities.

James Williams says he's been coming to Mule Day for as long as he can remember.

"Forty years we come out to see the entertainment, arts and crafts, music and some good food."

And did he mention mules? With about 200 people calling the town home, the annual celebration brings in tens of thousands of spectators from all over the country, like cousins Malerie and Dateria who traveled all the way from Jacksonville, Florida.

Dateria Green commented on the first time she's attended Mule Day.

"I'm kind of excited to see the mules and all kinds of things."

Malerie Redmond added, "I've been coming here for the past two years and I come with my mom, daddy, grandma and the rest of my family."

The annual festivities are definitely an event for the entire family, and for many it's a time honored tradition that starts at a young age.

"We love the mule parade. This year we brought our 15-month-old granddaughter to see the parade," said Sandra Williams.

Front row seats are a must for the annual parade, but bystanders can expect to see a whole lot more then just mules. Mules are actually judged in a beauty pageant with the first place mule taking home a trophy and $50.