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I Want to be a Packer!
May 27 - May 29FREE
Free events for kids 5 to 17 years of age at Mule Days
Pack. Fish. Dance. Win prizes at the stick Mule Rodeo. Learn to be a clown. Have fun! In 2012, Mule Days started a program for youth to share in the enjoyment of participating in the main shows and other fun filled activities.
Starting Friday, visit the “I Want to be a Packer” booth on the grass between the Home Economics Building and the main walkway to the grandstand to see the schedule and sign up for events. The kid’s Corral stick mule rodeo events take place until Monday.
The Zoe Foorman Clown School is an event you want to attend. Frankie Smith, Mule Days entertainer, will instruct the class starting at 1:30 PM on Friday at the Kid’s Corral. Learn how to entertain the crowd and the skills necessary to be a rodeo clown.
Ride a bronc stick mule! Race around the barrels or pole bend. The excitement of music, a world class announcer and the thrill of prizes make this a highlight for kids attending Mule Days. Events are scheduled throughout Mule Days except when the main shows are going on in the main arena.
Not only can you join the kids rodeo but you can learn how to saw wood with a cross cut saw, learn the pack hitches at the Backcountry Horseman camp and learn how to tie your mule up. And, pan for gold at the “I Want to be a Packer” booth.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife stock the fish ponds at the fairgrounds. Volunteers provide the poles, bait, and introduce kids to the fun sport of fishing. Children learn how to fish Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon prior to the main shows.
Mule Days is offering a packing school for youth Sunday, 11 AM. Youth 10 to 17 years, are welcome to participate in this hands-on activity. At the West Track, some of the packing industry’s best will share their knowledge. Learn how to hold a lead rope properly, brush down a mule and how to place and cinch a pack saddle. Kids will learn the principles of sawbuck packing and how to tie a box hitch. Those wanting to learn how to work with the mules need to have their parents or guardians fill out a liability release form. Pick one up at the “I Want to be a Packer” booth prior to the event.
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