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Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night.More >>
Former Associated Press writer Jim Purks shared his experiences with people in Albany Thursday night. More >>
November 5, 2004
Calvary - Vendors pour in to Calvary and set up for what's sure to be one of their best money making events this year. "Every year it has grown bigger and bigger. It's almost a phenomenon," says Chairman Charlie McNaughton.
To look at the grounds, you would think the festival was already underway. McNaughton says they expect to see more than 100,000 people this year. He says, "I feel confident that this will be the biggest year, the best year we've ever had."
Geneva Curry has been coming to Mule Day every year for 20 years, and she doesn't come alone. She says, "It's a family tradition for us. We kind of use it for a holiday and just enjoy it for the festivities of it here."
One of the most attractive things about Mule Day is the old fashioned way of doing things here. They grind their own corn meal so you can make fresh corn bread and it goes along perfectly with the syrup they make right here at Mule Day.
And while satisfying your sweet tooth with cane syrup, you'll be helping out a good cause, all the proceeds from Mule Day go to eye conservation projects and other charities for the Lions Club. "The biggest thing is for charity," says McNaughton, "We know that it's for a good cause. I don't mind working very, very hard for a good cause, and the Lions International is a good cause."
In addition to raising money for charities, Mule Day has a major economic impact on South Georgia. All hotels in Grady County are full, and some people are staying in Bainbridge and Thomasville as well.