WHAT IS

Benson Mule Days?

Forget the Kentucky Derby and Hollywood glam! In Benson, North Carolina, Mules take center stage for four glorious days during the legendary Benson Mule Days. This isn’t your average festival. It’s a heartfelt tribute to the hardworking mules that have served the community for generations.

The tradition started in 1949 thanks to Nowell Smith Jr. and the McLamb Brothers. Their vision? To honor farmers and foster community spirit by celebrating Benson’s main draft animal – the mighty mule.

Fast forward to today. Every fourth weekend of September, Benson transforms into a festival wonderland. Over 70 years strong, Benson Mule Days attracts nearly 30,000 people with rodeos, mule competitions, dazzling arts and crafts, mouthwatering food vendors, lively dances, and thrilling carnival rides.

But that’s not all! Camping under the stars, captivating parades with local bands and classic cars, and toe-tapping country shows add to the unforgettable experience.

The highlight? Saturday’s parade, where the streets come alive with joy and laughter. Local bands, dazzling floats, antique tractors, and of course, hundreds of proud mules strutting their stuff alongside horses, buggies, and wagons.

From the first camper arriving on Wednesday to the last one leaving on Sunday, Benson Mule Days is a celebration for everyone. But perhaps the most celebrated are the mules themselves. They may never win a Derby or walk the red carpet, but in Benson, they walk with heads held high, basking in the spotlight they deserve.

This is your invitation to join the festivities! Mark your calendars for September 26th to 29th, 2024, and be part of the fun!