Still No Final Decision on Mule Days

Mule Days

In 1970, Bishop Mule Days Celebration rose from humble beginnings to bring a world-class mule show to the Eastern Sierra. We have become the premier mule show in North America. Our annual event brings visitors from all walks of life: RV enthusiasts, campers, equine enthusiasts, contestants, celebrities, fans and friends. Mule Days has endured through recessions, high fuel prices, devastating equine diseases and the loss of many dedicated, dear friends and volunteers.

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7 Responses to Still No Final Decision on Mule Days

  1. Rich Kirchner April 4, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    I am’a Past Captain of the TUOLUMNE County Sheriff Posse and we have more time in doing the Annual Motherlode Roundup than Mule Days. Our Board of Directors chose to cancel. Our 62nd Annual event which will result in millions of dollars in lost revenue to Toulumne County.. We put the safety of our citizens and visitors over the income to the community. In essence we did the right thing. I find it ludicrous that your Executive Board cannot make a decision to cancel when the entire state is in lockdown. How can you have your heads buried in the sand and feel it is alright to go against the grain. I had a conversation with several attorney friends of mine and the common comment was “I.hope that the executive board is deep in liability coverage because they will need it to defend the lawsuits that will inevitably result.
    I have been an annual participant for some thirty years and deeply regret my future participation
    is over. Do the right thing to protect your community and cancel this event. By the. Way is it true that your local hospital has17 beds? How will you check for positives that come to your event? Thank you for listening. I am awaiting your response.
    Rich Kirchner, Past Captain
    TUOLUMNE county Sheriff Posse

  2. John Shepherd March 28, 2020 at 9:38 pm #

    Anyone care to speculate on what Dr Richardson, Dr Brown or Dr Boo might have to say about Mule Days 51?

  3. Rick Deckard March 28, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    Money before people. Mule-headed?

  4. Darlene March 28, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

    I am holed up in my home, wearing mask and gloves to go to grocery store and there is even a consideration of holding Mule Days. Sorry, I think the people of Bishop are more important than an event. What we have here folks is the movie Jaws syndrome. Stay open at any cost.

  5. David Dennison March 27, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

    Jennifer…if your saying what I think your saying,I agree.
    I always looked at Mule Days,the Tri County Fair,and other little Inyo County gatherings as just that.Not some hoping for massive out-of-town tourism money-making events where the locals don’t want to go to anymore.
    Maybe I’ve been watching too many “Little House on the Prairie” reruns the last couple weeks.

  6. Jennifer March 27, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

    Just a small correction. Mule Days started in 1969. A little heavy on the pitch for money but I’m not a professional fund raiser. Start treating the fairgrounds like an urban business and it will fold. This is Bishop, not a large community. Maybe you could consider what other rural fairgrounds do to be their best and see what works for Inyo/Mono/Alpine counties.

  7. The masked locals March 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Yeah baby, yeah! Mardi Gras, Inyo County style! I suppose this could work so long as they bring their own t.p., face masks, food, hand sanitizer, unemployment checks and big government bailout money to spend on the local community. Look how well this strategy worked for the Big Easy. But, oh crap… that’s right, no businesses are left!!! and all the citizens are dead of starvation and long lines for the ER. Oh long as nobody forgets the sign postings reminding the mules to maintain at least 6 feet social distancing, including the tail. Of course the crowds that attend will ignore this requirement because of the herd immunity approach to addressing small town cures for this virus. Hey, we could even invite Gavin to be the Grand Marshall!


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