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8th Annual Donkey and Mule Festival
Posted on April 12th, 2016

​APRIL 12, 2016 - GUILFORD, CT, – On Saturday, May 7, Bishop’s Orchards will hold the 8th Annual Bishop’s Orchards Donkey and Mule Festival.  This free event will take place at Bishop’s Orchards from 10am – 4pm. The Donkey and Mule Show will take place at our “Little Red Barn” field, which is better known in the fall as the Pumpkin Patch.  The field will be transformed into an open arena for the donkeys and mules to compete in with ample room for audience viewing.  There will be a number of events throughout the day including, coon jumping, driving classes, riding classes, obstacle course, costume class, a rescue class and games.
Judging the festival this year is Mark Meyers, the Executive Director of the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, our nation’s largest equine rescue. Mark and Peaceful Valley have been featured both nationally and internationally in television, documentaries, radio, major market newspapers, and on National Geographic’s website. The Announcer of the competition will be Carolyn Stearns, a professional storyteller and announcer from Storrs, CT.  The animals that will be participating will include all sizes of donkeys and mules such as mini, standard and mammoth sizes. Participants will be bringing their Mules and Donkeys from up and down the East Coast to Bishop’s to take part in this great event.
In addition to the Donkey and Mule Show, fun family kid events will be going on. There will also be face painting by a local shoreline artist, moon bounce, kids corner (tractor track and corn kingdom), the Sugar Bakery Cupcake Truck, local kid and family friendly vendors, wine tasting and much more.   The farm family friendly atmosphere will be a great way to spend time together with the kids.  It is an event like no other in the area, and it is not to be missed.   The animal exhibitors, contestants and many animals have very few show opportunities like this in Connecticut, so this is a major event. This event is a non-ticketed event, and FREE Admission, so all are welcome.  Food will be sold at the Bishop’s Orchards Concession Stand and Ice Cream Stand, as well as a small charge for face painting and Kid’s Play Corner.  There is no rain date for this event.  The event will only be cancelled in the event that there is steady inclement weather.
For more information, please contact Sarah Bishop DellaVentura at or (203) 453-2338 x. 218, or visit our website

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