Mule owners and admirers are gathering in Columbia, TN this week for the historic Mule Day celebrations. Mule Day began in 1840 as a meeting for mule breeders, but has become a week-long festival that attracts 200,000 people each year.
In addition to the mule competitions and exhibitions, the festival includes music, dancing, and arts and crafts.
Mules are the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey. They are valued as work animals as they are stronger than horses or donkeys and are often considered smarter. Originally bred as work and pack animals, today they are also selectively bred to be show animals or trail mounts as well.