Mule Fest 2021: Trace Adkins Edition

Our nation’s reaction to the Covid-19 Pandemic changed our daily lives as we knew it. Almost all social activities came to a screeching halt. One of the victims of this reaction was the Annual Mule Day event in Columbia, Tennessee. Mule day was cancelled in 2020 and it was also cancelled in 2021. The long standing tradition of Mule Day dates back to the 1800’s. Needless to say, this did not sit well with a lot of people.

After 2020, I acknowledge the pent-up demand for resuming our normal social activities. Understanding this, the Mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles, spearheaded the drive to create an event that would satisfy this pent-up demand in the wake of the 2021 Mule Day cancellation. This event would be named Mule Fest.

The first Mule Fest was a weekend event featuring a concert performance from Trace Adkins and a parade through the downtown area on the next day. While Trace took the main stage, there were 2 more stages featuring local talent prior to the headline performance. This post features images from Friday evening. I hope you enjoy the slideshow!



Events like this can be a challenge to shoot. There’s a lack of light and that light is sporadic and colorful. I had my flashgun, but I only used it a few times. I figured it would be better to use the concert lights to preserve the ambience of the moment. Even with the lighting challenge, I had a blast! It was nice to see the community come together to have a good time and pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed everything for our great nation. This might be the start of a new Maury County Tradition! Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Stay on the lookout for my post with pictures from the Mule Fest Parade. Like and follow my Facebook Page at Shuttering Thru Life and you can also follow me on Instagram at Shuttering Thru Life.

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