Mule Days 2020 Officially Cancelled at Fairgrounds Meeting on Sunday. Will Return May 2021

Mule Days 2020 CANCELLED

(Official Announcement below short article.)

One of the last largest events held in the Eastern Sierra, Mule Days 2020, has officially been cancelled as the result of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, April 5, in an Emergency Board Meeting by phone conference, 18DAA Board of Directors for the Tri-County Fairgrounds unanimously decided to cancel the popular Mule Days 2020 event  after hearing from the Mules Days Board that they felt it was time to cancel it and start looking toward to 2021.

The decision came as the Mule Days Board members and many community members were increasingly expressing serious doubts about whether the event should be given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which increasingly appears to be likely to last another 8-10 weeks, and that is an optimistic estimate. Local News Media (KIBS, Inyo Register, Sierra Wave) were on the conference call.

Conference calls for board meetings are unusual, but under Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order, they have become an acceptable way for meetings, which by law have to be open the public, to be held out of concern for abiding with COVID-19 directives and orders from pubic health officials and other state officials under state of emergency protocols.

The Board for Mule Days had recommended the cancellation/postpone vote earlier.

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11 Responses to Mule Days 2020 Officially Cancelled at Fairgrounds Meeting on Sunday. Will Return May 2021

  1. David Dennison April 7, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    Old Timer
    With that rant and what you had to say,have you ever thought of getting into politics and joining into what some of them are saying at those daily white house briefings ?
    Well,maybe not what they ALL have to say,only the ones that rant and claim to know more than the doctors.Maybe hearing it,good for some laughs,but not what we want to be hearing at this time.
    There’s plenty of time before the election.Now’s not the time to hear about border walls, “illegal aliens” and Hillary’s E-mails.

    • Rob April 7, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      Technically they don’t test positive for covad19. They test positive for something the body produces when someone has covad19. I read a report by a doctor that said those things they test for are also produced in our bodies when you have a cold or the regular flu. This may explain all the asymptomatic people.

    • Old Timer April 7, 2020 at 11:07 pm #

      You must be the politician, everything you say has some political bent. You must be an independently wealthy liberal, perhaps attached to the Clintons and Obamas. Ask the “DOCTORS” about my statistics, then come back and post.

      I took all my information directly off Inyo County’s Covid webpage.

      If there has been some kind of change in the public health’s system that the goal of staying home is to NOT to slow the virus spread, I am sure all of us poor ignorant readers would appreciate you posting a link.

  2. Old Timer April 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

    It is unfortunate that our school superintendent and the Mule Days committee have knuckled under to mass hysteria. The percentage (per capita) of proven Covid 19 infections in Inyo County is 0.06. None of these were hospitalized at the time they were confirmed, all sent home to “isolate”. The County’s policy is to only test the severely ill, and/or healthcare workers, so how do we know how much Covid we have, or have had, or not had? Out of the 118 completed covid tests only 11 have been positive, and none ill enough to hospitalize. So most of those people are really sick with something else. Hmm, something contagious possibly? One could extrapolate that 1020 of Inyo’s population has been infected with Covid, with no long term adverse results.

    So far, no overwhelming of the Healthcare system in Inyo or Mono. So the quarantine worked.

    Does anyone else think that the County should do random tests countywide, of at least 10 % of healthy individuals? What about antibody tests that can show who has already recovered?

    It doesn’t seem to me that locking everyone down forever is any kind of answer. The population of the U.S. was asked to take draconian measures to SLOW DOWN THE SPREAD of the virus BECAUSE IT CAN NOT BE STOPPED. Hopefully, one can’t get it more than once. Eventually there will be a vaccine for those who manage to avoid contracting it, and people who are in high risk groups should protect themselves until then.

    People at high risk for complications should stay away from Mule Days, and school, and restaurants, and bars, and crowds, not put the rest of us in virtual jail. I think both the School District and Mule Days Committee should have waited until the end of the month to make these decisions. I especially feel sorry for the High School seniors and their parents.

    Oh, and as long as I am at it, I hope everyone remembers everyday that this virus came FROM CHINA, they hid it from the rest of the world for over 30 days. That most new viruses come from China (SARS, Bird flu, H1N1, Hong Kong Flu,….) and that it has something to do with the live animal markets and China’s refusal to join the modern world and CLEAN UP.

  3. Earl Duran April 6, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    Wise Choice.

  4. Razmo April 6, 2020 at 7:47 am #

    Easy solution: Keep the mules 6′ apart and wear masks. Walla!

  5. Sardude April 5, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    Well Mr. James, your article says the Trip-County Fair board met telephonically at which time they voted unanimously to cancel the Mule Days event. But when and how exactly did The Mule Days board meet to recommend “the cancellation/postpone vote”? Your story was neither clear nor concise on this point? You also state that “Local News Media were on the conference call” who else was? Were any board members from Mule Days present? Or was this one sided?

    • Charles James April 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

      This was only a preliminary report to let the public know that a decision, which many felt long overdue, was made. It was not intended to be an extended article. The final unanimous decision was made by the Tri-County Board. There will be plenty of coverage on this, no doubt complete with the entire history of Mule Days. We’re a radio station, not the Los Angeles Times.

  6. Eddie GONZALEZ April 5, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

    THIS SUCKS !!!

  7. Scott April 5, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

    I know this is picky, but can an event be cancelled AND postponed?


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