Ask anyone who has attended Ider Mule Day in the past and they will say the event packs a kick.
The 23rd annual Labor Day event hits the streets Monday at 9:30 a.m., beginning with the parade of mules, horses, carriages, antique tractors and more.
A mule pull, horse pull, antique tractor and car show, arts and crafts and children’s games are scheduled throughout the day.
In fact, Ider Mule Day is billed as the largest one-day event in DeKalb County each year.
“Everyone really loves it,” said Town Clerk Barbara Tilley. “In the past, we have had anywhere from 10,000-15,000 people in this little town. Our parking, we handle it the best we can.”
And it’s a tremendous increase in population given about 700 people live in Ider, Tilley said.
Vendors will be selling food, crafts and just about anything, and Freeman said 20 percent of the sales go to renovations and upkeep at Ider Town Park where much of the festival culminates.
“This year, we are trying to get the school sporting teams involved to make money for themselves,” Tilley said. “The town will be selling barbecue.”
Various remote-parking areas will be set up to handle the influx of visitors. A special needs parking area will be reserved next to the park where volunteers will help the elderly or handicapped get into the park. Shuttles will be utilized to bring visitors from remote parking to the park.
The Wheels of Time Cruisers will have an open car show in the park. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon, and the registration fee is $20. A GM crate motor will be given away at 1:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. All proceeds raised will benefit the Cruisers’ Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket and children’s Christmas toy funds.
The parade is set for 9:30 a.m. with lineup beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Stone Chapel and Highway 75. No all-terrain vehicles are allowed in the parade.
The mule and draft horse show begins at 11 a.m. with prizes given in several categories. The mule pull is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. and the draft horse pulls at 1 p.m.
Gospel singing and entertainment will be on stage from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Admission is $1 for adults and children are free.
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