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
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, street 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