Contrary to the name, no actual mules are used. For those unfamiliar, the competition is like a large-scale pinewood derby, as described by the rules and regulations. Each "mule" must be at least 3 feet tall so it can be attached to a cable. Mules go head-to-head against other mules to race about a half block downhill on Court Street on June 20.
"It's hard work," Roger Moser, last year's winner, said was the secret to his success, "and a good crew chief."
He credited his crew chief, Stan Buchta, for that.
"We didn't know when we built this thing what would work," Moser said. "There's no book out there to tell you what will work."
But there are some guidelines. The contest rules state the racing apparatus must look like a mule, with credit given for innovation and style, and must weigh no more than 50 pounds. Each mule cannot have a wheel base larger than 47 inches and no more than 42 inches total width so it can fit on the starting ramp.
Entries must be brought to the race area at the corner of Fifth and Court streets by 5:30 p.m. for measurement and weigh-in, the first heat will begin at 6 p.m.
Winners receive a trophy - and bragging rights.
"I'm just looking forward to beating old money again," Moser said, noting he bested Ovid Bell Press and The Callaway Bank teams.
Beyond bragging rights, entries have an option to participate in the Mules for SERVE race, which requires an entry fee and awards money to the local charity organization. Moser said he hopes to see more competitors so SERVE will benefit.
"It's a community event, wish more people would try to build these things," Moser said.
For more information or to register, email Nathan Real at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 220-0647 or visit fultonstreetfair.com for an application.