On Saturday the Bishop Mule Days honored military families as their Grand Marshall for the 44th Annual Mule Days Parade. Mrs. California International, Shana Smith, along with Jessica and James Altman were the on hand representatives. The Altman’s both served in the United States Army, Jessica having separated in 2010 and James in 2004, after multiple deployments and international moves. Also riding in the Grand Marshall carriage were the Altman’s two sons. Mrs. California was honored to be included representing not only military families but also families of the fallen as the wife of Army SFC Grant Smith. After the parade the Grand Marshalls were treated to a ride on the 20 Mule Team carriage for the day’s Grand Entry at the start of competition.
For the past 44 years, during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show. Situated on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, California, Mule Days has become an international world class event. Crowds have grown from 200 to more than 30,000 fans! Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, the longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer's Scramble – the wildest, noisiest and funniest event of the weekend. There are also barbecues, country dances and an arts & crafts show. All taking place at the foot of the beautiful Eastern Sierra.