Bishop’s annual celebration of everything mule is only two weeks away. Mule Days is one of those hard-to-define events yet it attracts visitors from around the country. You can see barrel racing, steer roping and penning, packing and a heck of a lot of other events that take place on or from the back of a mule.
The event begins on Tuesday, May 21, and continues thru Sunday, May 26, with the biggest draws over the weekend. Country artist Jerrod Niemann will headline the 2013 Bishop Mule Days concert, which is set for May 23 at 8 p.m.
The Mule Days parade will march through Bishop on Main Street on Saturday. It begins at 10 a.m. Cowboy church begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the Charles Brown Auditorium on the fairgrounds.
Vendors are located throughout the fairgrounds selling everything from cinnamon rolls to saddles. But the real shopping experience is offsite at the Bishop City Park where vendors, artists and craftsmen sell wares that are hard to find elsewhere.
If one tires of mules, or just wants to see a bit more of the Sierra Nevadas, there are many other things to do in the Bishop area. The closest is Erick Schat’s Bakkery, home of the original Sheepherder bread. Be prepared for a crowd, visitors from around the world and some mighty fine breads, pastries and other freshly made items.
Aspendell is less than a half hour away and offers beautiful scenery, trails for hiking and lakes for fishing. Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake and Bridgeport are further north off of Highway 395 and well worth the trip.
South of Bishop is the county seat in Independence, which is home to several historical buildings. The Lone Pine Film History Museum in Lone Pine offers a glimpse at the many movies made in the area. The Manzanar National Historic Site (remember what they say about history repeating itself) is an emotional and sobering journey through a real-life place that marks a dark time in American History. All are worth seeing and require only a short time commitment.
For more information about Bishop’s Mule Day Celebration, visit their website at www.MuleDays.org. The Bishop area chamber of commerce site, which details many of the things to see while in Bishop, can be found at www.BishopVisitor.com.
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