FAQ's

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Mule Days. Simply click a question for more information. Still have questions? Please call us at (760) 872-4263!

What are the dates for Mule Days 2017?

The dates for 2017 are May 23rd-28th. This is our 48th Anniversary!

When are the brochures mailed out?

Mule Days has gone green! You can download the brochure from the Mule Days website or call (760) 872-4263 for one to be mailed to you.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale February 1st. You can buy them online at this website in the Online Store!

How can I purchase tickets?

You may order tickets beginning February 1st at midnight by fax, website, or phone voicemail, or at 8:30 am in person at the door. Orders will be held in order of receipt and filled after the Mule Days Super Fans at the door have made their purchase. Most folks who are in line at the door have put chairs outside of the Mule Days office as line place holders as early as the Christmas holidays.

Can I order tickets after May 1st?

Yes, you may order tickets after May 1st, but tickets will not be mailed to you. Tickets will be held in “Will Call” at the Booster Club trailer in the main parking lot for pick up 24 hours a day.

Can I get a refund if I decide not to come?

No, all RV spaces, ticket and souvenir sales are final and non-refundable.

How early can I come on the grounds with my RV?

Arrive as early as Sunday, May 21 at noon. You must vacate the space by no later than 9 AM on Tuesday, May 30. Each RV space is sold only once, therefore your RV space is solely yours for the duration of the event regardless of your arrival. For special circumstances such as an RV breakdown, you may make arrangements with the fairgrounds manager to stay later.

Why do I need to know the length and width (including pop-outs) of my RV?

For all RV space requests, we MUST know the length of your rig from exterior nose to tail, including the hitch and any accessory that lengthens the RV, and side to side measurement with pop-outs in the open position. Please download this guide for more information.

What are the sizes of RV spaces?

RV spaces are approximately 20’x 40′ and all RVs plus tow vehicles must fit in the space. Most sites are dry camping without hookups. Please note on your website order or when you purchase your RV site directly from the office if you have a longer RV and Mule Days will make every effort to try and accommodate your needs, but there is not a guarantee and spaces are limited. RV spaces are sold reserved, and your space will be vacant regardless of your arrival. There will be a fresh water and a honey wagon vendor that will take care of your water and sewer needs for a fee. They can be contacted in Lot B, spaces 277 and 278.  Fires are not permitted. Dogs are not allowed on the State Fairgrounds and must stay in your RV space. Dogs must be in a kennel, on a leash or otherwise confined to your RV space and must not pose a threat to people or livestock. Bishop has a dog park with large and small dog sections located behind and adjacent to the City Park.

Are there RV sites with electric / water hookups?

We have a limited number of RV spaces with electric and water.  Sharing utilities is prohibited. When Mule Days water and electric RV spaces are sold out the following campgrounds offer hook ups: Brown’s Town (760) 873-8522 Creekside RV Park (760) 873-4483 Highlands RV Park (760) 873-7616 Millpond Recreational Area (760) 873-5342 Parcher’s Resort (760) 873-4177 J Diamond (760) 872-7341 Shady Rest RV Park (760) 873-3430

How can I get the seat / RV spot I want?

The best way to get exactly what you would like, especially for RV spaces and grandstand seating, is to be at the door on February 1st and choose for yourself from the reservation charts. February 1st is on a first come, first served basis with folks at the door being served first. You may put your chair in line ahead of time as a place holder if you plan to be at the door.  If you are ordering online or by fax it is best to write on your order exactly what you would like along with a possible second choice. If your first choice is available, your order will be filled as requested. If not, the friendly office team will follow up with a phone call and will fill your order as close as possible to your original request. Ordering early is very important if you have special requests. No refunds or exchanges on tickets or RV spaces. All sales are final.

How can I get a group seating and RV spaces together?

All group orders must be mailed in the same envelope with separate order forms completed by each individual, couple or family in the group. All orders in the same envelope will be placed together, orders in separate envelopes will be placed separately. If you are ordering on the website, it is imperative one person make the group order. It is almost impossible to place latecomers with nearby seating or RV spaces with a group who has previously ordered. Please contact the Mule Days office for more detailed information if you would like to place a group order. (760) 872-4263

Why is Grandstand preferable to General Admission seating?

All Grandstand seats face north, have seat backs and are numbered by section, row and seat. Rows I and above are under cover with Section A receiving morning sun and Section E receiving evening sun. Seats are assigned for the entire Mule Days event, so no waiting in line or doing a pack scramble to find a seat! The General Admission seating is first come, first serve for every show, are bleacher style seating and are not shaded. It is advisable to arrive at least a half-hour early for this seating.

Are there any seats in the shade?

The Grandstand seats in all sections from row I and above are shaded with some seats nearest the bleacher ends receiving the morning sun in Section A and the evening sun in Section E.

Do you have handicapped seating?

Yes, we do have handicapped seating in Box 1 of the Main Grandstand. These are wheelchair accessible and are available for a handicapped person with one person accompanying. We also allow wheelchair bound general admission seating in Sections A and E of the Main Grandstand (wheelchair may back up to the first row and one person may accompany). Seating is limited and not shaded.

Are all the Mule Shows the same?

Nothing is ever the same about Mule Days except you are guaranteed to have the most fun watching mules and donkeys compete in traditional and not so traditional equine events! Each Mule Show offers different disciplines, events and specialty acts. It is very difficult to recommend one show over another because each show has its own unique branding. Be sure to review and download the 2017 schedule under the events tab on the home page to help you determine which shows you definitely will not want to miss.

Who is the concert entertainer?

Widely known for his enduring 1975 crossover hit “Wildfire” Michael Martin Murphey will headline the Mule Days “Back to our Western Roots” Concert on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Concert goers will appreciate Murphey’s unique ability to set the poetry of the American West and American cowboy to music with songs like the hauntingly beautiful “Mountain Storm” and the lively “Shake It Off”.

Tickets for the Thursday May 26, 2016, Michael Martin Murphey concert are $60 for VIP reserved seating with the hors d’oeuvre Meet & Greet and $40 for general admission reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased on the website or by calling the Mule Days office at (760) 872-4263. Do not miss the chance to see this Grammy-winning performer and one of the best song writers in the country. The concert is expected to sell out early.

Is there a mailbox on the Fairgrounds?

Mail may be deposited in the mailbox at the Mule Days office, adjacent to the fairgrounds on Main Street for pick up.

Can I bring my dog to Mule Days?

Dogs are not allowed on the State Fairgrounds. Dogs are only allowed to stay in your RV space unless you are walking your dog off the Fairgrounds. Your dog must be contained in your RV space at all times and must be under your control on a leash, in a kennel; and must never be threatening to people or livestock. Bishop has a dog park with large and small dog sections located behind and adjacent to the City Park.

Can I bring a motorcycle or ATV to ride on the fairgrounds?

Mule Days Celebration due to insurance coverage prohibits the use of any motorcycle, ATV, golf cart, bicycle, scooter, roller blades or skateboard on the Tri-County Fairgrounds. The only motorized vehicle that will be allowed is conveyance for a handicapped person operated at walking speed. Event staff excepted.

How can I become a vendor at Mule Days?

Contact the office to request the Vendor Application form to be mailed to you or download Vendor Application located in the Vendor section of the Mule Days website home page. New applicants need to include photos of booth, products and pricing, and should be received  by December 30, 2016, for consideration as a vendor for the 2017 event. Western style booth and products are desirable. New Vendor applications will be reviewed in January and selected applicants will notified in February 2017.

Can I purchase prior years' buckle for my Mule Days collection?

Yes, we have a limited supply of prior years’ buckles for sale at the Mule Days office and on this website in the Online Store. We also maintain a list of people that have some earlier buckles for sale and can provide their phone numbers.

Can I order souvenirs, RV spaces and tickets over the phone?

Yes, absolutely! One of the staff’s favorite things to do is visit with all the folks who call the office for information and wanting to place orders. We will be happy to take your order over the phone! Visa, MasterCard or Discover accepted. Please call us at (760) 872-4263 today.

Where can I get a motel / hotel listing for Bishop?

Please click the link for lodging and services information for the Bishop area: www.BishopVisitor.com Site operated by The Bishop Chamber of Commerce   Or, give us a call at (760) 872-4263 and request a Vacation Planner with a list of area lodging and services.

Do you have non-smoking areas?

Yes. Smoking is not allowed in the following areas: the Main Grandstand, the East and West wings of the Main Arena, the East Arena, the Livestock Area, Food Alley, Concessionaire areas and the restrooms. Smoking is also prohibited inside of any building. The Tri-County Fairgrounds is a ‘smoke-free’ facility. Smoking is permitted in your vehicle and your RV space.

What can we do between Mule Shows?

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 Robinson buildings 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.

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Please note that as of May 10 2017, all tickets purchased online will be held at will-call for pickup at the event venue.