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Frequently Asked ?s

When is the Macon Music and Mules Festival?

  • September 28 through October 1st

Where is the Macon Music and Mules 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?

  • Parking cost of $10 charged by Celebration Grounds. Entry to the festival is free but donations are encouraged to support the United Veterans Council of Bedford County.

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, where bluegrass music started and true story of Marty Ray Gordon’s life growing up with mules in Wartrace Tn. 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.

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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