Columbia, Tennessee is known as the Mule capital of the world. Each year they celebrate the past with Mule Day. Mules played an important part in Maury County’s economy during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. This year the celebration started on Monday and goes through April 2.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy including the big Mule Day Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. through downtown Columbia. Some of the other highlights include arts and craft shows, live music, mule races, a log loading competition and more.

parade route and event map

For food, there is going to be concessions with roasted corn, pizza, sausage, funnel cakes, and more. 1st Methodist Church downtown will serve homemade chili and desserts. Riverside United Methodist Church is having a fish dinner and bake sale. Other food events include a pancake breakfast, country ham breakfast, and the Polk Home Garden Party for the 7th Annual Bloodys & Biscuits.

For music, there are live performances all weekend featuring: Tony Malugin, Katie Stewart and Logan Blade Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday Evening Clogging & Live Music Saturday 6:00 p.m., Blue Grass Music Fest Thursday 7:00 p.m., Worship Service Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday and Gospel Singing – Sunday at noon.

For a printable copy of events, click here.

Or look below:

Mid-Afternoon    Wagon Train Arrives at Maury County Park

THURSDAY, MARCH 30th, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Ham Biscuits (7-9); Ham Beans (9-5) Maury Senior Center
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Live Music at Main Stage  All Weekend
12:00 Noon.

Mini Mania Show – Old Arena
12:00 Noon

Old Fashioned Log Pulling Competition – Main Arena
2:00 p.m.    Feed Time Race – Main Arena
4:00 p.m.    Jackpot Mule Races – Main Arena
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.    Gee-Haw Chili Supper – 1st Methodist Church, Downtown
5:00 p.m.    Log Loading Competition – Main Arena
7:00 p.m.    Bluegrass Music Fest – Columbia State Community College

FRIDAY, MARCH 31st, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Ham Biscuits (7-9); Ham Beans (9-5) Maury Senior Center
10:00 a.m.    State Auctioneer Contest, Tennessee Livestock Producers Sale Barn
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.    Live Music – Main Stage     All Weekend
12:00 Noon    Rodeo Clown – Main Arena
12:00 Noon    Driving Mule Show – Old Arena
2:00 p.m.    Stick Mule Rodeo – Main Arena
6:00 p.m.    Gaited Mule Show – Old Arena
6:00 p.m.    Pony Mule Pulling – Main Arena
6:30 p.m.    Live Music – Ridley 4-H Center with Tony Malugin, Katie Stewart
7:00 p.m.    Liars’ Contest Mule Tales – Columbia High School

6:00 a.m.    Pancake Breakfast – Memorial Bldg.
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    Country Ham Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Ham Biscuits (7-9); Ham Beans (9-5) Maury Senior Center
8:00 a.m.    Maury Regional 5K Race

9:00 – 11:00    Polk Home Garden Party
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.    Live Music – Main Stage   All Weekend
11:00 a.m.    Mule Day Parade – Downtown
2:00 p.m.    Mule Pulling – Main Arena
2:00 p.m.    Skillington Draft Mule Show – Old Arena
4:00 p.m.    Knife Auction – Main Stage
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Barbecue Dinner, Riverside Methodist Church
6:00 p.m.    Rodeo Clown – Old Arena
6:00 p.m.    Bluegrass Music, Line Dancing, & Mule Town Stompers at Ridley 4-H Center

SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd, 2017
9:00 a.m.    Worship Service – Main Stage
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Arts & Crafts/Flea Market
11:00 a.m.    Riding Mule Show – Old Arena
12:30 p.m.    Riding Mule Show – Main Arena
12:00 Noon    Gospel Singing – Main Stage