2008-10-09 / Front Page

Mule Day this Sat. at Callaway will be bigger than ever

News- Satur day' s Mu le Day Sou thern Heritage Festival will be bigger, with more activities and fun things to do this year, said Chamber of Commerce Director Ashley Barnett. "There's going to be music and food, primitive crafts, and lots of fun for kids, and it's only $6 for a whole carload to get in."

The 28th annual Mule Day Southern Heritage Festival will be held all day Saturday, October 11. As in years past, Barnett said, local families and visitors alike will come to Callaway Plantation on Highway 78 and step back in time, back to the days of mule plowing and other pioneer skills, surrounded by primitive craftsmen and young ladies in antebellum dresses. "And again the admission is only $6 a carload," Barnett said.

Early in the day, from 10 a.m. to noon, News - mule o wner s fr om al l ov er the southeast will be bringing their best mules to show, compete, and demonstrate plowing and mule-drawn equipment. Anyone with draft mules or cotton mules is invited to come to Mule Day and participate in the contests, mule wrangler Ed Pope III said.

Visitors may get to try their hand at plowing behind a mule, but Pope reminds visitors that the mule events start early and are expected to be complete by noon.

Young people, too, can take part in Young Eagle flights across the road at the Washington-Wilkes Airport.

To draw more people to shop in Washington, Barnett said, participating Washington merchants are offering a 10 percent discount for those with a Mule Day wristband.

Children can participate in plowing with a mule and enjoy a petting zoo, a kiddy train, and special games. Hubert Bailey's sheepdogs will give their herding demonstrations, and volunteers will demonstrate pioneer skills such as bow-making, tar distillation, and blacksmithing.

For adults, there will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors, numerous food vendors, a horseshoe tournament, music, and more. "We have a great number of crafts vendors coming," Barnett said.

As always, there will be the sound of music at the bandstand. "We've got 'Waitin' for Parts,' a bluegrass gospel group from Elberton, playing 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.," Barnett said. "And Billy Maxwell will be performing too."

Visitors can tour several buildings on the plantation, including the 1869 Greek Revival brick house, the 1790 two-story Federal Plainstyle house, and the 1785 one-room rough-hewn log cabin. Volunteers will be demonstrating old-time skills such as weaving, spinning, quilting, and ropemaking in or near the homes.

In addition to the kids' activities at Callaway, Washington-Wilkes Airport operator Chris Hughes says pilot Keith Donker will return and give "Young Eagles" plane flights to children and youth ages 8 to 17 at the airport. "We really like to introduce kids to aviation, to spark their interest in flying," he said.

The flights will be available starting at 10 a.m. at the airport.

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