Mule mania takes over
by By LAURA NATION-ATCHISON
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The Weogufka Center’s Annual Mule Day is a total celebration of the animal who was depended upon through the years as a work animal and friend.
The Weogufka Center’s Annual Mule Day is a total celebration of the animal who was depended upon through the years as a work animal and friend.
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There’ll be a mass of mules and the people who love them and all kinds of fun at Weogufka’s Annual Mule Day Saturday, April 21.

Things get started at 9 a.m. at the Weogufka Center located at145 Memorial Loop on County Road 41

in downtown Weogufka.

From mules giving plowing demonstrations and vying for the title of “Prettiest Mule,” to competitions for team work and best mannered, the mules will compete in all kinds of categories to show off their handiness and talents.

There’s a sausage and breakfast at the center starting at 6 a.m. and a nearly endless list of other food vendors who will be on site with their offerings all day long.

Two big stages will feature ongoing entertainment and there’s an average of about 22 performers for the events.

Now in its fourth year, Mule Day revisits the importance mules have had in the area’s history and also showcases what great versatile animals they are.

Not just work animals anymore, many in the equestrian circles are finding that mules make great competition athletes, from jumping events to dressage and cross country events.

For Mule Day, all mule owners are invited to come and join in along with spectators to enjoy the day, said Presley Boswell, one of the event organizers.

Mule owners will demonstrate how to hitch up a team, how to care for a mule, and also show how to ride a mule properly.

“This is going to be our biggest Mule Day ever,” Boswell said.

As if the mules themselves aren’t enough, the line up of things to do is huge.

Visitors can take in an antique car show and iron works show, a huge variety of artists and crafters, an antique tractor show and a parade of tractors, mules, antique cars and wagons and cars through downtown Weogufka at 2:30 p.m.

There’s also a horseshoe tournament planned along with a few surprise events, Boswell said.

There are stalls available for mules off site, contact Boswell at 334-578-1364 or email the center at weogufkacenter@andycable.com to make arrangements.

There are special room rates available at The Jameson Inn in Sylacauga for those attending Mule Day, Boswell said.

“Just tell them you’re attending Mule Day and the rate is $62.95 per night,” he said.

The Weogufka Center is “home” to The Weoguufka Mule Owners’ Club, and those who would like to join may contact Billy Mann at 256-839-5490 email him at weogufkacenter@weogufkacenter.com. There is no charge to become a member of the club.

The center also hosts an Antique Tractors Owners Club, an Antique Car Owners Club and the Weogufka Songwriters Club.

Admission to the grounds is $1 a car.

“People need to come early, pack their folding chairs and spend the whole day,” Boswell said. “There’s a whole lot of fun planned.”