Pea Ridge Mule Jump is Oct. 10

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Mules are known to be stubborn. This weekend that idea will be put to the test at the 27th annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump on Oct. 10.

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The Jump takes place next to Pea Ridge High School at the junction of Weston and McCulloch streets. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for children 5 years old and younger.

More than 40 mules are registered to participate this year for more than $4,000 in prize money. Since mules don’t like to jump, expect an atmosphere ripe with laughter as handlers work to coax their mules over burlap barriers reaching heights over six feet.

About 100 vendors will sell food and beverages or crafts and special Ozark-specific gift selections. Additionally, there’s a car show, and activities for kids, including a stick horse race and hog calling. Live music is also part of the event, which continues to grow in popularity. Initial attendance ranged in the hundreds, but last year’s attendees numbered more than 6,000. While many event-goers and participants are locals, sometimes people come from as far away as Minnesota and Oregon.