"Bishop Mule Days Celebration is a place where friends turn into family " - Tammy Mandrell, Executive Director
Now in its 50th year, Bishop Mule Days Celebration is a celebration of friendship, adventure, and of course, the versatile, sure-footed, and intelligent mule who made American westward expansion possible. This six-day event held on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop began as a "play day" for packers, those wily and courageous men and women who traveled overland from east to west with the help of the mule's grit, fortitude, and loyalty.
This beloved event has grown over the years to include chariot racing, barrels and roping, driving, dressage, steer stock, an impressive parade, thorough clinic schedule, vast marketplace of handmade wares, and more. Visitors can walk through the barns and talk with the teamsters and riders or examine the exquisite craftsmanship on period wagons and equipment. They can come eye to eye with the mules that will later compete in the arena and begin to understand the affinity and trust between rider and mule.
This year, the Thursday night concert features the big headliner Riders in the Sky. Enjoy a traditional BBQ with western entertainer on Friday night. Move your feet at Saturday Night dance with western swing band, or happen upon lively, impromptu jam sessions in the RV campgrounds against the backdrop of the majestic Eastern Sierra.
Bishop Mule Days Celebration creates the kind of warm welcome and deep sense of community that brings back people year after year. There are up to four generations of volunteers, even the Board President Kent Schlick and Executive Director Tammy Mandrell began in the trenches. Check out the Bishop Mule Days Celebration website for more information on how you can be part of the tradition.
"Bishop Mule Days Celebration brings you back in time. Come as a first time spectator or exhibitor, be welcomed back as a Mule Days Family Friend" - Kent Schlick, Board President