There are many activities on and off the Tri-County Fairgrounds between Mule Shows. First, take a stroll through the Barns and Stalls to visit with the mules, donkeys and friendly competitors. Please heed the Bio-Security policy and refrain from petting the animals. Next, walk over to the Clinic Round Pen located adjacent to the Barns and Mule Days office to enjoy one of the many clinics given by several of the top competitors and trainers. You don’t have to own a mule to appreciate the demonstrations. After that you are sure to have worked up a draft mule size appetite! Food Alley offers an assortment of delicious choices including famous Bishop Indian Tacos, ice cream, Asian, pizza, BBQ, Mexican, burgers, dogs and refreshing beverages. Now that you are energized let’s go shopping! Vendors are located in the Home Economics and Douglas Robinsonbuildings as well as outdoor booths offering quality products ranging from Western tack and apparel, leather goods, videos, art and of course candy. In between Mule Shows and after your daily meander through the fairgrounds, consider taking in some of the sights in Bishop and surrounding area. Bishop is known as the “Small Town with a Big Backyard” which is an absolute truth. The great outdoors surrounds the quaint town with opportunities to hike, bike, fish bird watch, rock climb, off road and golf. The John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas are minutes away. Bike easy gentle slopes or challenging routes. Fish for Rainbows, Browns, Goldens and Brookies in the cool, clear water of the Eastern Sierra. Fantastic and varied bird habitats creates excitement for the novice or avid bird watchers, The volcanic tablelands offer world class bouldering and climbing for all ability levels. Off road the thousands of miles of off road vehicle routes with jeeps, quads, trucks and motorbikes. Golf any of the several golf courses and enjoy amazing views. Also, be sure to visit Laws Railroad Museum and Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center for a step back in time to native heritage and frontier history. Support Inyo Council for the Arts by visiting the Bishop City Park directly across from world famous Schat’s Bakkery and next to Bishop Chamber of Commerce for more unique vendors selling fabulous products. With the Mule Shows, the many venues on the Tri-County Fairgrounds and great outdoors surrounding the Bishop area, you are guaranteed to have an affordable and memorable vacation that you will want to return to year after year.