Annual Mule Day festival draws visitors to Columbia - WKRN News 2

Annual Mule Day festival draws visitors to Columbia


Thousands of visitors are flocking to Columbia for the annual Mule Day festival this weekend, doubling the city's population.

In anticipation of the forecasted severe weather, emergency officials have prepared a safety plan for around 2,500 campers who are staying on the grounds.  

To prepare campers, officials handed out information packets and plan to visit each campsite to provide evacuation details.

"We will of course be in contact with the National Weather Service throughout the night, as well as monitoring radar and we will open a shelter before the high winds hit," explained Emergency Management Director Mark Blackwood.

If campers are forced to evacuate, Blackwood said emergency shelters are in place at a nearby school.

Each year around 200,000 people attend the Mule Day which features crafts, contests, food and the much anticipated Mule Day Parade, among other events.

Mule Day continues through Sunday.

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