Spring In Columbia Brings Mules And Storms

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 22:56:10-04

Mule Day in Columbia has yet again been threatened by severe weather.

Columbia boasts itself as The Mule Capitol of the World. Mule Day is a southern Tennessee tradition, they go hand in hand much like Mule Day and severe storms.

"There's always something going on. There's always a storm, there's always a tornado or something but it's just the highlight of the year," Dale Dickson said.

Each year, however, there have been storms and an occasional evacuation to nearby Columbia Central High School.

Across Maury County Park, Sandy George and Ron Cochran from Dayton, Ohio settle in to watch mule teams compete. It was a storm that first brought them here 15 years ago.

"We got caught by a storm and asked the lady at the desk, anything going on around here. She said yeah Mule Day," Cochran said.

They've been looking forward to coming back ever since. This time, they're watching the log pulls and plan to stay there awhile, at least until the next storm rolls in.

"I'm not afraid of the weather," George laughed.

Mule Day events run through Sunday.