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2014 Middle TN Mule Skinner Award Presented to Grady George Jr
Each year the Middle TN Mule Skinner of the Year Award is presented to the member who represents the club the most during the year by sharing the heritage or the rural work mule with others. This may sound like a simple task but takes a lot of work when one considers you are not simply picking up a puppy on a chain and popping it in the back seat or bed of the truck. Most of the time the Mule Skinners are loading two large mules, probably a wagon or piece of working machinery, and heading out for a day's event. Now don't take it wrong, the beads of sweat, are beads of sweetness ..... they love every minute of it.
This is an award that is accepted with great pride among the group and is given yearly. During 2014 Grady George Jr of Woodbury TN attended sales, plowings, wagon trains, mule days, hay cuttings, monthly meetings, etc. Grady and wife Carol, usually make it a family affair when possible by taking their daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Josh Cossey, as well as granddaughter Whitley. One very special trait Grady has when attending any event is to share his time with people who have interest in his mules.
This trait alone has made the Middle TN Mule Skinners a very strong and growing group over the years in the mule industry. Grady said no matter where he goes the question he is asked the most is "can I pet them (mules)?". Grady also said that one of his favorite visits has always been to events that have a lot of children and it always amazes him as to how many kids there are that have never been around a mule. When asked what his favorite thing is about being around mules and events, Grady simply stated, "it's the good people that you find at these events and the world just seems to slow down when you have a pair of mules in your hands".
Congratulations to Grady George Jr and his family.
For more information on the Middle TN Mule Skinners visit www.midtnmules.com