The Clark County Mule Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 14, Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16.

This marks the event's 33rd year, hosted at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Business Route EE or 23130 East Main St., one mile east of Kahoka.

The main gate admission will be $5.00 per person for a commemorative button or wristband for the whole weekend, and they are required throughout the weekend. Children 10 and under get in free. People from all over the United States come to our mule and craft show.

For more information contact Mike Schantz, Becki Krueger, Kathy Williams, Doris Courtney or Debbie Logsdon, or visit .

The weekend features Missouri's state animal, the mule. Friday will be mule games at 11 a.m., mule polo starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by mule and cattle classes such as break away roping , steer daubing, steer doctoring, goat tying, team sorting, and roping. Saturday will have an all day event mule show with the mule pull at noon and an evening rodeo at 7:00 P.M.. And Sunday will also have a series of different events. The festival has area crafts, flea markets, tack vendors, food, morning trail rides on Saturday and Sunday, coloring contest for area children, kids contests on Friday afternoon, raffles for $ 1,000.00 and a quilt, and Sunday church services.

On Thursday afternoon, mules and wagons will travel to the Clark County Nursing Home to give rides to the residents. On Wednesday, Pre-K and Head Start children will be given wagon rides and treats.

A fish fry meal will be held from at 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the 4-H pavilion (on right of the main gate). Proceeds will go to youth in Clark County.

The main office personnel will open selling souvenirs, displaying the coloring contest, raffles, and festival history memorabilia on Friday. Vendors will also open at 8 a.m. with crafts, food and flea marketers. Children's events will be hosted Friday afternoon at the 4-H outside arena. The mule games will begin at 11 a.m., polo will begin at 5:30 p.m., and other mule and steer events start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the trail ride begins at 7 a.m. at the north end of the infield. The mule show starts in front of the grandstand at 10 a.m. with the high school band performing. This will be followed by the mule grand entry. Competition is open to everyone with a mule. Winner are awarded handmade trophies and ribbons. The following mule show is a series of timed events for mules such as musical carpets., pantyhose race, monkey in a tree, back to back race and mule jumps. The mule pull will be held at noon, followed by a rodeo at 7 p.m. Saturday. These events vary from year to year, so never know what will be next. T Also, this year there will be a local band, Dark Horse, preforming in the 4-H barn, after the rodeo.

During the mule show on Saturday, there will be a prize giveaway for all show contestants featuring items provided by area businesses that support the mule festival. Drawings will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s events will begin with a trail ride starting at 7 a.m. at the north end of the infield. At 8:00a.m. the crafts, vendors, and office will open. Church service will be held at 8 a.m. in the grandstand by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. The mule show starts at 10 a.m. with the grand entry followed by the costume contest. halter class and other events.

This year’s Mule Festival is an excellent example of down home entertainment, and should be more fun than ever. The event organizers hope you can make it over to enjoy Missouri’s state animal and have a good time. Happy trails.