Benson, NC (August 4th, 2015) – The town of Benson, North Carolina celebrates Benson Mule Days® the 4th Saturday of September each year. This year it will take place September 23-27. This festival is considered one of the largest festivals in North Carolina and will kickoff with a Barrel Exhibition and Open Barrel Race Thursday night.
This festival, which draws approximately 50,000 people, is full of family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.
The parade alone attracts about 20,000 people and takes place Saturday, September 26th at 10 a.m. The parade will feature bands, floats, antique tractors, and hundreds of horses, mules, and buggies. Visitors come from as far away as Alaska, Germany, and California.
Following the parade visitors can make their way to the Singing Grove Park where a Bluegrass show is being presented. Visit the arts and crafts vendors as well as food and commercial vendors. It is always fun to walk into the local businesses which offer a variety of products in our area. There are three rodeos, the first of which begins on Friday night followed by a Saturday night performance. On Sunday there is a Youth Rodeo.
Benson Mule Days® was inducted into the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in May of 2000. This festival was submitted by Congressman Bob Etheridge who attended the 50th celebration and served as a parade judge.