Beauty Pageant – Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 7PM

BEAUTY PAGEANT

The Mule Day Pageant will be held on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 7PM in the Cherry Theater at Columbia State Community College.
We will crown a Queen and her court consisting of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th runners up. Contestants must be 15 – 21 years of age and a resident or student in Maury County. Cash awards will be given to the Queen and her court.
The Queen and her court will make appearances at all Mule Day events, be interviewed by local radio stations and newspapers, take a trip to the State Capitol in Nashville, and take part in other functions to promote our Mule Day event. Contact the Mule Day office for an application or for more details. Info@Muleday.com

Message from your Queen,

Being the 2019 Mule Day Queen has been the biggest role I have played in my hometown of Columbia, TN. Before being crowned queen, I held runner-up positions on the court. I had 3 years of experience with Mule Day and all of the work behind the scenes that goes into it prior to being queen. I am not sure that many people know just how much hard work goes into planning all of the events for the week long celebration.
When I was crowned queen, I felt as though I had accomplished a huge goal in life! I never gave up chasing my dream. Finally, it was my turn! I will always encourage future contestants that whether they are on or off court or are crowned queen, each step in participating in this pageant is a huge accomplishment. The speeches and interviews are not seen by the audience but is where the most work goes into preparing for this pageant. The difference in my confidence from my 2014 to 2019 was amazing and speaks volumes about the positives of participating in pageants.
This honorable title has given me the opportunity to represent Columbia and to be a role model for young people in the community. Being a role model is the most important to me, as young people are the future of this community and the future of Mule Day and all its wonderful events.
It was also very important to me to make sure each of the girls on my court felt as if they were queen too. I wanted to spotlight how important every role of the court truly is representing our great city.
Hallie, Haley, Kayla, and Graciee truly made this year the best it could be. I thank each of you for making me feel so special and I am grateful to each of you for your support and lifelong friendships we have formed.
Allow me to go back to the hard work that goes into Mule Day. The court started off the week at the state capital speaking to state Legislators about Mule Day and inviting them to attend the week-long event. On Wednesday we rode the wagon train along some of the most beautiful backroads in Maury County. As we came into Maury County Park, we were welcomed with a fish fry and lots smiling faces. Thursday was spent at multiple events around the park and ending with the chili supper that night.
I believe my favorite event from Thursday was our visit to NHC Columbia, where I was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I found it important to make this event happen because a handful of my patients worked Mule Day events in the past and many are no longer able to attend Mule Day events. We put on a miniature parade for them as they sat outside with their family members. Almost every patient in the building came out to watch and it was wonderful to see the joy they experienced! Friday started with a Livestock Auction. It’s been a tradition for the Mule Day Queen and Court to show what is being auctioned, and for the Queen to auction the Mule Day Knife for that year. We ended our day with the finest bluegrass music and line- dancing. Saturday, certainly the most memorable day for the Queen and her court. Up very early and dressed for the parade, we had the opportunity to greet people, have our pictures made and enjoy time with some of Columbia’s leaders. We had beautiful weather and the most people I have seen in attendance at the parade in many years. I had the honor as the first Mule Day Queen to judge a class in the Draft Mule Show where the winner received the “Queen’s Choice Award” belt buckle. It was so memorable! We continued to make appearances at shows throughout the day presenting ribbons and once again ended the night with dancing and having a great time. Sunday, the girls and I spent some more time at the park presenting ribbons and closing out a most special Mule Day celebration.
The week flew by so fast but I truly enjoyed every second.  After chasing my dream to become queen and finally being crowned, my appreciation grew each year and continues to grow for the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club and Mule Day officials for all the planning and hard work that goes into making this celebration so successful. A special thanks to everyone who has supported me through everything each year in competition and as your queen. From my family and friends, to Lisa, Rachael, Dave, and Mrs. Knoxie, the last 4 years of serving Columbia have been a huge blessing and I am deeply honored to represent Mule Day.

Your 2019 Mule Day Queen,
Alayna Keeling