The 2nd annual American Mule & Bluegrass Festival will be Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, featuring crafts, bluegrass music and of course mules.
Daily tickets are $15 and will be available at the gate. Or you can pay $40 for all 3 days to all events and the craft fair. Kids 6 years of age and under get in free. Veterans with service ID get in free. For more information, visit https://www.americanmuleandbluegrassfestival.com/.
The event will benefit Freedom Sings USA, a nonprofit that helps veterans, military personnel, and their families. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, there will be a celebration of life for World War II veteran, J.B. Stubblefield, who recently passed. See story on page 1B today.
A fish dinner will be served on Monday at 5 p.m. at Gordonview Farms, 2591 Highway 231 South in Shelbyville. Live music will be provided by Freedom Sings USA.
Wednesday is craft fair check-in at 9 a.m. at Calsonic Arena. The Education of Junior Mule Skinners will be until 12:30 p.m. About 700 local 4th graders will be participating. The Grasstime Band will perform at the outdoor stage at 6.
Beginning Thursday, armbands will be required for entrance. The Craft Fair opens at 9 a.m. and the Education Of Junior Mule Skinner will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Mulemanship Clinic by Tanner Colvin, 2020 winner of the junior class Missouri Mule Make Over and runner up in 2021, will be at 1 p.m. Call 423-413-9042 to reserve your place. Chuck wagon cooking will be at 5 p.m., while the Grasskickers will perform at Calsonic at 6 p.m. and the Mid State Cloggers kick it up from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. (during the band break.)
On Friday, the Tennessee State AGMA Mule and Donkey Show will be from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Calsonic Arena. The North American Saddle Mule Class A mule show will be at 10 a.m. in Champions Arena. The Testimony and Blind Horse Horsemanship demonstration by Aaron Hudson and Rikki Lee will be at 10:30 a.m. Chuck Wagon cooking will again be at 5 p.m. with Beth Cooper & Tennessee Hollow performing at Calsonic at 5 p.m. and the Becky Buller Band performing at 6 p.m. The Mid State Cloggers will have another performance between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Saturday will be another busy day with Education Of Junior Mule Skinner at 12:30 p.m. with “Booger Brown” helping the kids with roping and branding skills. The North American Saddle Mule Class A mule show will be at 9 a.m. in Champions Arena. The Tennessee State AGMA Mule and Donkey Show is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Calsonic Arena. The Draft Mule and Horse Halter Class will be at 3 p.m. Mule & Horse Pulling is also at 3 p.m. at Champions Arena.
Outdoor stage shows will be:-11 a.m.-The James Stembridge Band-1 p.m.-Pickers Jam all pickers welcome for an open jam session on stage-2 p.m.-Beth Cooper-3p.m.-Clinchfield-4 p.m.-The Blue Diamond Trio-Rocky Valley Cloggers -11:30 to12 then again at12:30 Also, the Wagon Show and Cast-IronCooking Competition start at 12:30. The Mid State Cloggers will perform at 4 p.m. inside Calsonic Arena. The Stones River Bluegrass will be at Calsonic at 5 p.m., followed by the Amanda Cook Band at 6 p.m.
The Fast Mule Race will be at 6:45 p.m., during the band break. Lucky Dog Racing is sponsoring the show and will award the winner with $250 and a belt buckle.