Mule Days Rescheduled for October 25-27

To protect the health and safety of Mule Days attendees, the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to postpone the 69th Annual Mule Days Festival. Mule Days is now scheduled to take place Thursday, October 25th through Sunday, October 28th.

This postponement will allow law enforcement, emergency personnel, and all other first-responders to remain 100% focused on disaster and response recovery from Hurricane Florence.

We understand that this decision may cause a major inconvenience for those that had planned to travel to Benson this week, and we can ensure you that it was not made lightly. The extent of the damage from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina has been nothing short of catastrophic. Many major roads through Central and Eastern North Carolina are flooded, damaged, or otherwise impassable. There is no guarantee that conditions will significantly improve in time for vendors and attendees to arrive and leave Benson safely.

All vendors and campers that have paid deposits for permits and/or campsites to the Benson Chamber or the Town of Benson will have their deposits honored on the rescheduled dates. If a vendor or camper cannot attend in October, they will be given a full refund.

The Benson Chamber will release more information as it becomes available, and will work with all of our partners to ensure that the 69th Annual Mule Days Celebration is the best and safest event possible for our vendors and attendees October 25 – 28, 2018.

For more information, please contact the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-894-3825.

October 25-28, 2018

Benson, North Carolina celebrates Benson Mule Days® the 4th Saturday weekend of September each year. The kickoff concert is held on Thursday night in the Benson Singing Grove (located in Downtown Benson). 

This festival, which draws 20,000-30,000 people over a four day period, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.

The parade alone draws about 20,000 people. This festival is considered one of the largest festivals in North Carolina and the parade has hundreds of horses, mules, buggies, and unusual entries. Visitors come from as far away as Alaska, Germany and California. 

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. The Chamber prepared information which is on display at the Library of Congress and on their web-site. 

A week prior to the beginning of this annual celebration a golf tournament is held at a local golf course, Reedy Creek. The tournament features a four man superball with prizes and a big cookout following a day of golfing. This is open to all levels of golfers except professionals.