Jack of All Trades
Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
95Trip End Dec 25, 1998
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Mules aren't really stubborn, you know, they're just extra-smart. If you don't believe me, catch the Mule Driving show today and watch them follow the voice commands. There is a slate-full of things to do between now and Sunday afternoon - the parade is Saturday at 11 and the pulling competition starts at noon.
Other events include a pancake breakfast, some picking and grinning, a crafts festival, a knife and coin show, a flea market, a square dance, a gospel sing, and for ear-stretching so we'll match the longears, a liar's contest.
Who owned the first mule in the United States? George Washington! He heard that Spain had a great farm animal and contacted their US Ambassador. When Spain's King Charles III learned of the inquiry, he sent General Washington a jack as a gift. That was 1785. One of Washington's finest mares and the jack produced a mule which was named "Compromise."
If you're in the market for a mule, there's a sale today at 4 pm, conducted by Reese Horse & Mule Company. You may want a Mule Day 1998 collectors knife - the bidding starts at $50. Or maybe you'll just buy a simple souvenir. All proceeds from souvenir sales go to Tennessee Tech Alumni Association for scholarships. See you there.