April 2006
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Cullman Mule Days are Rich in Tradition and Heritage

by Drenda Fowler-Walker

The Cullman County Draft Horse and Mule Club is holding the second annual Cullman Mule Days May 5-6, 2006. This event is one that is rich in tradition and heritage.

Situated in beautiful north central Alabama, Cullman County is the ideal location for this event. Cullman is built on a foundation formed from farming and the agriculture industry. At one time there were five mule barns in operation in downtown Cullman. Livestock, harness, machinery and other related goods were bought, sold and traded at these establishments.

Mr. John Creel shared with me the story of his first pair of mules. He bought the pair of young black mare mules for $250.00 in 1947 at the Kinney Mule Barn in Cullman. He reported making eight crops with them before trading them for another pair. Times have surely changed. We in the Cullman County Draft Horse and Mule Club strive to prevent the changing times from completely obliterating the traditional usage of work stock.

The Cullman County Draft Horse and Mule Club was originally formed in the late 1980s and hosted several Mule Days prior to its dissolving in the early 1990s. In October 2004 interest and enthusiasm in mules and draft horses had once again peaked. A handful of dedicated individuals, some original club members and some newcomers, reorganized the club and began to plan Mule Day 2005. After six months of hard work the parade and show went off without a hitch. We had participants from as far away as Kentucky and Mississippi.

Since the May 2005 show we have taken lessons learned, good advice, and lots more of that good ole hard work and put together what we anticipate to be a bigger and better Mule Days event than ever before. Cullman continues to lead Alabama in agriculture and we are proud to celebrate and observe the true roots from which it came.

This year’s events include a week-long mule wagon train from Crossville to Cullman from Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 5th, as well as the Mule Days Queen Pageant and a free fun show Friday night, starting at 5 p.m., at the Cullman Ag/Trade Center. Saturday, May 6th, there will be a parade through downtown Cullman, starting at 10 a.m., with line-up at 9 a.m. A wagon and buggy show, antique farm machinery demonstration, mule and draft horse show and mule pull will follow the parade at the Ag/Trade Center. The show will start at 12 noon. Admission to the show will be $5 for adults, children 12 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event are donated to the American Red Cross and Key Club of Cullman County. Vendors and concessions will be available at Saturday’s events.

The Cullman County Draft Horse and Mule Club would like to invite everyone to come enjoy the family centered, fun-filled festivities. Come see the old time ways meet modern technology, with the mule being the tie that binds them.

For more information, visit our web page: cullmanmuledays.com or contact Jeff Still at (256) 739-5985; for show information, Carlos Wilhite at (256) 734-0515 and for Mule Train information, David Currey at (256) 878-5168.