Every Memorial Day, the Wild West comes alive in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains during the Bishop Mule Days Celebration.
Here, cowboys prove their roping and riding skills and more than 700 mules–some of the best working mules in the United States–compete in a variety of shows and events.
And if there’s one thing cowboys want visitors to remember, it’s that “Anything your horse can do, my mule can do better.”
From trail riding to show classes, trainers demonstrate just how graceful the mule can be. There are even steer roping and penning demonstrations, which are normally activities reserved for quarter horses.
“Anything your horse can do, my mule can do better.”
Part mule show, part test of skills and part Wild West show, the event, which was first inaugurated in 1969 as a way for area outfitters and packer to kick off packing season, has grown into one of the largest events of its kind.
Bishop Mule Days Events
The celebration features a variety of mule shows, including Western, English, coon jumping, racing, musical tires, gymkhana, packing, shoeing, chariot racing and driving. In general, however, steer roping and penning are usually the fan favorites. Pack scrambles, which pit man and mule against the clock, also tend to be a popular event.
Mule Days Parade
On Saturday, spectators line the streets of Bishop to watch the longest-running, non-motorized parade in the U.S.
Other festival events include country music performances, barbecues, country dances and an arts and crafts fair.
About Bishop Mule Days
Tri-County Fairgrounds, Mike Boothe Arena
May 23-28, 2017