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Frequently Asked ?s

When is the American Mule and Bluegrass Festival?

  • September 26th through September 28th with a Cowboy Church on September 29th.

Where is the American Mule and Bluegrass Festival?

  • Located at the Cooper Steel Arena area of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds at 721 Whitthorne St. Shelbyville, TN 37160

What is the cost?

  • Presale tickets are $15. After July 1st, the cost will be $10 online, $15 at the gate. Possible parking cost of $10 charged by Celebration Grounds. Entry to the festival is free but donations are encouraged to support Greenhouse Ministries

Where can I find the schedule of events?

  • Our most updated schedule can be found here

How can I show my mule?

Where can I stay for the show?

  • We have camping spaces available and we also have a discount code with the Best Western located across from the Celebration Grounds. When calling Best Western, just mention the American Mule and Bluegrass Festival.

What is the Jr Mule Skinner program?

  • The Jr Mule Skinner program is an opportunity for all generations to learn about the American Mule and the history of Bluegrass Music. During the 1 hour session Marty Ray Gordon will explain how mules are created and their unique anatomy. He will demonstrate with Jill, the mule, and point out parts of  the harness. He will also tell about the history and making of Bluegrass music.  Attendee will receive a certificate of completion signed by Bedford county’s Senior Mule Skinner Mr. Billy Tapley, a booklet that covers American Mule’s contributions, and where bluegrass music began. Come and get up close with Jill and ask questions about mules and Music.

What are the benefits of joining the AMMA membership?

  • As a member you will have access to attend a wide range of homestead life skill sessions during the year and participate at the annual festival that promotes learning and sharing of homestead life skills. 

I am bringing my mule, how do I get a stall?

  • You can find the application here

How do I volunteer?

  • You can reach out to us here and let us know what days you're interested in helping out!

Do I need to bring a chair?

  • We will have some bleachers and some chairs available but feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets.

What if it rains?

  • This event is rain or shine, so if the weather calls for rain; bring an umbrella and wear rain boots!

Are dogs or other pets allowed?

  • Due to having mules competing, pets are not permitted unless they are a certified service animal.

What is the wagon train?

  • The wagon train is a group of wagons and single riders. The trip is about 15 miles long on back roads. We expect to return no later than 4pm. Please pack a lunch! We will line up prior to heading out. 

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