The Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce announces Frontier & Mule Daze happening this weekend, September 26th & 27th at Memorial Square and the Evans Ranch Arena in Fort Davis, TX. The event brings attention to the typically unappreciated Mule & Donkey who both played major roles in the taming of the Old West.
Activities during Frontier & Mule Daze will include a mule rodeo, mule match races, mule sales, fun donkey events, donkey adoptions, a cabrito cookoff, cowboy poets, a frontier parade, a rodeo dance with Craig Carter & the Spur of the Moment Band and vendor booths in Memorial Square.
The Mule Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at noon at the Evan’s Ranch. There will be excitement for adults, children, participants and spectators alike. The rodeo includes fun events like the World Champion Mom’s Race, wild cow milking, adult and kid’s boot races, calf scramble, barrel racing, steer dobbing, a cabrito cookoff, team roping, and much more. Anyone wishing to participate in any of the rodeo or weekend events should call Skeet or Connie Boyd at 307-660-6932 or 307-660- 6840 respectively. Plan to come out and cheer on your favorite cowboy or just watch the fun.
Saturday morning festivities start with a parade along the old Overland Trail. The parade will begin at the exit gate at the Fort Davis National Historic Site on Fort Street and continue on Front Street to the Courthouse. This parade has as its goal to represent the history of the Pioneer Days in Fort Davis, both of the town and the Fort, from the mid 1800’s to 1891. Every parade entry is asked to be in period dress, and no motor vehicles are allowed (except designated by committee). Horses, mules, donkeys, livestock animals are welcomed and will be spread throughout the parade. Carriages, carts, and wagons drawn by animals are sought out and desired. We ask that animals not be in costume, only their owners.
Fun activities are planned all day Saturday in Memorial Square with live entertainment from cowboy poet George Ray Russell, local guitarist/singer Chase Sutherland and veteran Big Bend musician JR Harrell entertaining the crowd. A silent auction will also be taking place along with, vendor booths, games for the children and a donkey petting zoo. All artists or craft persons are encouraged to make “all things mule” and put your creativity to work. Saturday at noon, the cabrito cookoff will began and anyone at the rodeo can have a free sampler of the home cooking. Saturday night from 9p-1a in the Kelly Outdoor Theatre, Craig Carter will be playing western music with his Spur of the Moment Band and folks can dance under the stars of a clear west Texas sky.
Local residents are invited to show support for this event by participating and dressing in western attire for the weekend.
For further information and a detailed schedule of events visit www.fortdavis.com/MuleDaze.html.http://www.fortdavis.com/DonkeyDaze.html