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Mule Days 2017

We skipped the downtown Bishop Mule Days parade this year (last year’s Mule Days parade.) However, Jan wanted to go to the “Team Pack Scramble” at the local fairgrounds.

What’s a “Team Pack Scramble”?

In the olden days (and today too) mule teams were used to carry supplies in “packs” on the animals. Packers were folks who became expert at doing this.

In a scramble, a number of packing teams (figure 5 mules per team) remove the packs from their mule teams. Then all the mules are set loose in an arena and each team has to capture their mules and repack each animal. Fastest team wins.

It looks like this . . .

 

After the scramble, we wandered through the stables and found this guy . . .