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2020 Vision through the Eyes of a Mule, TAKE 2!

2020 Vision through the Eyes of a Mule, TAKE 2!

We are excited to announce the Bishop Mule Days Board and staff, working together with the Tri-County Fair Board and staff, as well as Inyo County Public Health has determined that Mule Days 2021 is a go!

In concert with health officials, we are planning for a safe event that our fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of our popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Despite restrictions, we are very confident that we can still put on a quality show. We’re going back to our roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

We do recognize and stress that guidance from the State of California can change at any time between now and the end of May. That said, all of our events will take place on our beautiful Tri-County Fairgrounds in the fresh outdoor air of the Owens Valley and the majestic backdrop of the mighty Eastern High Sierra, always worthy of visiting!

This in itself makes Mule Days a safe outdoor event.  We have taken note of outdoor events across the Country and have learned how to provide a safe environment. We have noted the vigorous safety protocols of these events and determined how best to adapt guidance from our local Public Health Department in implementing our Covid protocols.

It is time for Mule Days to return to our community, recognizing not only the vast economic impact for our area, but to be one of the first in California to say, “we are back”, better than ever and ready to welcome our visitors and guests to the Greatest Mule Show on Earth.

For further information on our policies, protocols and safety measures, please visit our website: to view an “FAQ” by 5 p.m. April 16th or call our office, 760-872-4263.

2021 – BMD guidelines and protocol

Hello Mule Fans!
We are excited that Bishop Mule Days Celebration has a ‘green light’ to proceed for 2021! We have worked diligently with Public Health officials, as well as the staff and Board of the Tri-County Fair and will be coming back to Bishop May 25-30, 2021. Or as we say around the office, “2020 Vision through the Eyes of a Mule, TAKE 2!”.

As the State of California is still following the guidance of the Governor’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”, we have developed protocols and actions that help us comply with the various sectors and modifications necessary to hold a successful event while diligently ensuring that the health of our communities, visitors and participants is our highest priority.

It is important to note that things are rapidly changing in California and Mule Days will be one of the first large gathering events in the State for over a year. Given that, we are asking all our visitors and locals to adhere to the following guidelines as of today:

  1. All spectators, contestants and volunteers will be required to have signed COVID releases, for this reason, RV hang tags and tickets are going to be “Will Call” at the front ticket booth. The COVID Release form is on this website if you choose to fill it in ahead of time. The ticket booth will be open from 9AM to 5PM Monday-Sunday or until all “Will Call” are picked up. Similarly, contestants and volunteers will be notified by the Show Secretary or your Committee chair as to obtaining passes and signing your COVID release. ***
  2. Guidelines from the State of California at this time allow for those who have had vaccinations or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of arriving at Mule Days will be able to enter the grandstand. CA guidelines for arena seating are 33%. We will also be providing the opportunity to view the livestream of our Friday Evening, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening and Sunday Evening Shows free on our website at
  3. Wearing a mask will be mandatory while on the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
  4. Out of State visitors: The California Public Health guidelines and Travel Advisory updates allow large event operators to welcome fully vaccinated persons or those who have had negative viral test results within 72 hours of arriving at Mule Days. Be prepared to show vaccination cards or proof of negative test.

***The guidelines also specify that we cannot sell RV spaces or tickets at the event, all our sales must be in advance. Therefore, anyone waiting to purchase tickets until they arrive should purchase them in advance by calling the Mule Days office at 760-872-4263.***

Thank you for helping us to put on a safe Bishop Mule Days Celebration! While we understand that the guidance above may be concerning for some, particularly as many of us enjoy the outdoors, we ask that you consider the great lengths to which many have gone to hold this event and therefore be able to continue well into the future. As noted above, guidance is changing somewhat quickly, we anticipate this may occur and will keep everyone notified as soon as we learn of changes.
For now, we can’t wait for you to join us at our 51st annual Bishop Mule Days Celebration!

Here’s to 2020 Vision Through the Eyes of a Mule – Take 2