|The Spirit of "Mule Day"|
Mary Ann and I had selected Mule Day as an event we wanted to attend "one of these years." This turned out to be the year. We arose early and did our household chores and got ready to leave home around 11:00 AM. We had read that Saturday was full of exciting events -- the Mule Pull at noon, followed by the Skillington Draft Mule Show at 2:00 PM. And of course, there was the possibility of seeing the Mule Queen and her court sometime during the festivities.
|Lined up for the beauty pageant...|
There are lots of mules (and horses) at this event -- mule wagons, individual mules being led and ridden. You have to keep an eye out for mule traffic as well as motor vehicles. After a few minutes getting oriented, we found the entrance gate and found the center of the junk-food universe! Fried anything, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and beverages that Mayor Bloomberg wouldn't approve of. We found a Cajun food trailer and enjoyed a lunch of red beans, rice and Cajun sausage (you don't want to know how it's made...).
Then it was off to the Skillington mule arena, where we saw a number of mules being tethered in preparation for the class judging. It was a great place for peple watching as well as observing the festivities, At this point, it was about 70 degrees, partly cloudy, with a gentle southern
breeze -- perfect! At 2:00 PM promptly, the judging began. The announcer would call for the class and the animals would be led to the judging area in front of the bleachers -- Jack (the father of the Mule) and Jennet classes first, graduating to the Draft Horses (the mother of the Mule).
After the first couple of classes had been judged, we were treated to the arrival of the Mule Queen and her court. They proceeded to be seated in the judges' pavilion in the center of the arena.
|The 2012 Queen and her court|