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Donkey and Mule Show

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June 1, 2018

Do you have a donkey? Or maybe a mule? Perhaps even a hinny? Bring your brayer to the Common Ground Country Fair Donkey and Mule Show on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9 a.m. on. We'll have conformation classes first, then we’ll move to jumping (mounted or leading, your choice) for longears over 2 years of age. An obstacle course, equine games, driving classes (if we have entries) and the ever-popular costume class will round out your day with fellow donkey doers and muley Mainers. It's as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Paperwork: You'll need a negative Coggins test from your vet within three years of September 22, 2018. If your farm or homeowners' insurance doesn't cover your critter off your own land, call the MOFGA office to learn about options such as insurance coverage benefits for members of the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors. If you let us know you're coming and whether you ride or drive as well as lead your longear, we’ll be able to set up classes and bring the right gear for the show, and we can make sure you have good directions and a place to park your trailer. Please contact Carrie Tessier (tessiers@tessiersfarm.com) or Cathy Reynolds (reynbow@gwi.net).

2. Work and play with your beastly bestie. In addition to pulling pine branches, hauling hay and the other usual equine jobs, do something different a few times a week. March to the mailbox, tromp on a tarp, plod through a puddle, try on a tutu, put on a poncho, wear a silly hat to do chores, leap over a log. By Fair time you'll be in fine fettle for showing in all the classes.

3. Come to the Fair. Saturday is usually our busiest day, and traffic will be heavy, so start early. Try to be here before 8 a.m. so that you don't have to deal with too much traffic and your animals can get used to us. If you have a long haul, we may be able to accommodate you and your herd overnight; contact Cathy Reynolds (above). You can leave when it's convenient for you, but only out one gate in one direction; we'll have info about that at the show judge's building where you check in.

 

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