WINFIELD - Mule Day, a two-day event centered on mules and their role in rural farming, returns to the streets of downtown Winfield September 27-29, bringing with it free family fun. A car show, tractor show, tractor pulls, 5K run, live music, a carnival, a Civil War reenactment and a parade are all on the agenda as the town celebrates its agricultural heritage.
Mule Day kicks off on Friday evening, September 27 at 6 p.m. when shoppers are invited to shop with local merchants and among 400 vendors during the Mule Night Madness. Runners can take part in a midnight 5K run and there will be clogging, line dancing and live music on Friday evening and again during the day on Saturday.
On Saturday, September 28, the festivities get underway at 7 a.m. As festival goers wander through the town, approximately 400 arts and crafts vendors and flea market vendors will be selling their wares. Tractor pulls are slated for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Foodland parking lot, and throughout the day, antique cars and bikes will be on display in the grove at Winfield Middle School. Not to be missed at 11 a.m. is the highlight of the annual event - the parade of mules, horses, jacks and jennies through downtown. Chuck Mullins will be this year’s Mule Day honoree.
A Civil War reenactment and living history are also held in conjunction with Mule Day. The Skirmish at the Luxapalilla includes hands-on living history presentations, authentic encampments and demonstrations from artillery, cavalry and infantry. Held at the Winfield City Park, battles will take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. The public is also invited to a Civil War Period Ball on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the park.
Admission to Mule Day is free. Shuttle service, sponsored by Winfield Church of Christ, will be offered on Saturday only. For more information, visit http://www.winfieldcity.org/ or call the Winfield Chamber of Commerce at 205.487.3002.
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