Every Labor Day, thousands of people from all over the country gather in Ider, Alabama. The Mule Day celebration is known for family fun, but it also provides a major economic boost to the small DeKalb County town.
Teams come from all over to the south to bring their animals to compete in the Mule Day celebration in Ider. Whatever team pulls the heaviest weight wins. Many local businesses benefit because of the event.
Staci Pope depends on Mule Day. It's her restaurant's biggest weekend of the year. "We look forward to this, everyone in the restaurant has to work this day. We get up at four in the morning to begin cooking biscuits and lunch. It's nice to see so many people in town and it brings a lot of money to the area businesses," Pope said.
Every year as many as 18,000 people attend the mule day celebration. This was the 26th annual event. A portion of all the proceeds will go to make improvements on the Ider park.