Be Sure To Follow Us On Facebook! 2018 marks the 44th year of the Mule Day Festival. The tradition was begun on September 11, 1975, by Curt Estes, Winfield Chamber of Commerce, and Max Brasher, Sr., to honor the hard working mules of the day.
Mr. Robert Vickery and Mr. Jack Guin, both from Winfield, were major contributors. No one had any idea this event would grow into the successful event it has become today. Mr. Estes lived to see seven Mule Day Parades with an increase in the entries up to 93 in 1983. Since then the participants have increased to nearly triple that number with an estimated crowd of 25,000 spectators. People attend the festival from many parts of the southeast.
Our Mule Day founding fathers never dreamed that honoring these hard-working, long-eared mules would have become such a big hit with folks. Well, it did, and these mules love all the attention they receive on this day. So come out and join us in Winfield, Alabama for a great Mule Day celebration.
Winfield, Alabama’s Annual Mule Day is hosted on the 4th Saturday in September each year, and has been termed "One of the top 20 events in the Southeast" by Travel and Tourism magazine. The keynote event is a horse parade through the downtown of the city, but there is also live entertainment, car shows and a diverse venue of homemade baked goods sold in a farmer's market setting. One of the most popular events amongst most elementary and middle school children is the Mule Day carnival. Many rides are included in this certain event. Others are small shops and games where food is sold. Celebrated for over a quarter of a century, Mule Day has grown into a major event not only for the City of Winfield but also for the State of Alabama. Drawing crowds of over 25,000 each year; Mule Day features a variety of activities that appeal to any palate.
Our honorees (mules, jacks, jennies, horses, etc.) will lead the Mule Day Parade at 11 :00 AM. Line up will begin on the grass field in front of the Winfield City High School on Highway 253 at 9:00 AM. No candy is to be thrown during the parade as this is a danger to the parade observers.
Please come by and pick up a number to register for the parade prizes. 1st place prize - $100, 2nd place prize - $75, and 3rd place prize - $50. For more information, contact: Main Street, P.O. Box 1557, Winfield, AL 35594, phone 205-487-3002 A total of 6 prizes will be given.
Mule Judging will be immediately after the parade by the Winfield City Elementary School and Baseball Field. Registration is from 8:00 AM until 12:00PM. Registration fees are $5 for a single and $5 for doubles. For more information, contact: Dana Peoples, P.O Box 610, Winfield, AL 35594, phone 205-487-4265.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Located on Ashwood Drive (near Winfield Public Library) and in the Winfield Church of Christ parking lots, we will have some of the most breathtaking Arts and Crafts. Exhibits of all kinds will be displayed. Artists and craftsmen will set up Friday after 5 PM and Saturday 5:00 AM until 9:00 AM. Entry fee for a space is $50, and $75 for a space with electricity. For more information contact: Heather Bozeman, 205-495-8557, or Kassie Hamlett, 205-487-4277, Mule Day/BPW, PO Box 1108, Winfield, AL 35594.
Located downtown and all around will be our Flea Market. Interesting articles of all kinds may be found as you wander through the town. Some vendors will be set up on Friday evening until ... and all day Saturday. Flea market spaces -$75; Food Concessions - $275. For more information, contact Jenifer Harbin, Tamra Trull, or Anita Ray, PO Box 916, Winfield, AL 35594, phone 205-487-4281.
The Antique Tractor Parade line-up will be in the Foodland parking lot. The Contact for the Antique Tractors is W. H. Box, Jr., 205-465-9352. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
GARDEN TRACTOR PULL
The Garden Tractor Pull will be at the Foodland Parking Lot. Registration will be from 9:00 AM to 11 :00 AM. Pulls will begin at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. For more information call Johnny Webb at 205-41.2-2988.
MULE DAY RUN
Sponsors: Northwest Well ness Center, Winfield High School Cross Country
Team, Encore Rehabilitation. The 5K run will begin downtown under the main red light by the new clock tower. Pre-registration for the event is $20. Registration on the day of the event will begin Friday at 11 :00 pm. The race will start at 12:00 midnight on Friday and the first 200 participants will receive a free t-shirt. Gold, Silver, and Bronze-horseshoes will be awarded. For more information, contact Brett Wakefield, Northwest Well ness Center, 1530 US Hwy 43, Winfield, AL 35594, phone 205-487-7600.
MUSIC AND DANCE
There will be clogging, line dancing, and various types of music throughout the festival on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Saturday you will find a live remote from WKXM Radio Station (97.7 FM) with Doug Threadgill.
WINFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MAIN STREET INFORMATION BOOTH
Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Information Booth Located by Midtown State Bank & Trust 205-487-3002
Official Mule Day Tee Shirts · Brochures · Maps · General Assistance
MULE NIGHT MADNESS - FRIDAY NIGHT
Come visit our local merchants for the annual Mule Night Madness Sale on Friday evening, September 26th. Merchants will be open late with lots of bargains on items in their stores. Come out and "shop 'til you drop."
The Mule Day Car and Bike Show will be in the Middle School Parking Lot on Apple Avenue. Registration will begin at 8.:00 AM. Registration fee is $20. There will be cash prizes, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. Trophies awarded for Best of Show and Top 25 Participants. T-Shirt and goody bag will be available for the first 100 registrants. For more information contact Whit Miles, III at 205-412-1655 or 205-487-6963.
FOOD AND LODGING
Togetherness Works RV Park 205-487-6092, Hampton Inn - 487-1270 Perry Christian Retreat - 205-424-1910 or 205-305-8019
Ya Hungry??? Good food can be found at many of our local restaurants, as well as from vendors located throughout the event.
Schedule of Events
6:00PM Flea Market
Arts and Crafts
Mule Night Madness
11:00 PM Run Registration
12:00 AM 5KRun
7:00 AM Flea Market
Arts and Crafts
8:00 AM Mule Judging Registration
Antique Car Show Registration
9:00 AM Garden Tractor Pull - Registration
9:00 AM Parade Line-Up and Registration
9:30 AM Parade Leaves School
12:00 PM Mule Judging
2:00 PM Skirmish At The Luxapalilla
7:00 PM Civil War Period Ball
2:00PM Battle @ Winfield City Park
First Aid Teams, sponsored by Marion County EMS, will be available in mobile units throughout the event.
In case of any emergency, call 911 or 487-5001.
Mule Day officials will be throughout the crowd if you have any questions or need help.
Portable restrooms will be located throughout the downtown area.
Handicap parking is available in the City Hall parking lot.
Mule Day T-shirts will be for sale at the Information Booth.
No animals are to be sold in the downtown area,
No horses, mules, or wagons will be allowed off the parade route.
No unauthorized bicycles, motorcycles, go-carts, 4-wheelers, or golf carts will be allowed in the event area.
All vendors will be responsible for collecting 9% sales tax. State officials will be at City Hall until 4:00 PM Saturday to collect the tax or for you to submit your Tax ID Number.
The City of Winfield, Winfield Chamber of Commerce, Mule Day Committees and any Civic Organization cannot be held responsible for any loss, theft of property, or injury of any kind, We would like to thank you for coming to our Mule Day. We hope your stay in our town will be an enjoyable one so you can go back and say,
"YOU BETCHA, I HAD A GOOD OLE TIME AT MULE DAY"
YA'LL COME BACK NEXT YEAR!!!
4th Saturday in September
Information About The Skirmish At The Luxapalilla
Sponsored by: 3rd Sgt. William J. Martin Camp 2004, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Hosted by Seldons Battery Re-enactors
Come join us for a premier Civil War Re-enactment and Living History at the Winfield City Park during the Mule Day Festival Weekend. This event will include several hands-on living history presentations, authentic encampments, demonstrations from artillery, cavalry, and infantry. Battles will be on Saturday and Sunday, and a parade march in the Mule Day Parade.
Skirmish At The Luxapalilla
14th Annual Civil War Re-enactment
Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery & Medical Branches
Saturday Sept. 26th Camp Opens at 9:00 a.m.
Battle at 2:00 p.m.
Period Ball at 7:00 p.m. (Everyone welcome, come as you are)
Sunday Sept. 27th Camp Opens at 9:00 a.m.
Battle at 2:00 p.m.
Daytime Phone: 205-487-1938 Night 205-412-2089
Contact: Randy Brown
Winfield is a small city situated in Northwest Alabama some 30 miles from the Mississippi state line. It lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range which stretches from Deep South all the way to Maine. This area has an interesting history. Long before the earliest settlers arrived, Indian tribes hunted in the forest and fished in the streams and along and around Winfield. The town was originally called Needmore, but when it was incorporated in about 1897, the name was changed to Winfield in honor of General Winfield Scott. This area was once the Chickasaw Indian domain. Although there were no known Indian settlements within the county, several sites were maintained as hunting camps.
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