U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 253
Burros and people have fun at Longears Cele'bray'tion
They made pancakes, panned for gold and changed clothes in an outhouse.
And all the while, they cele'bray'ted the enrichment that burros and mules, including those adopted from the Bureau of Land Management, bring to their lives.
They were participants in the annual Longears Cele'bray'tion, a two-day, slightly offbeat donkey and mule show held the weekend of Oct. 14-15 in Red Bluff. The event was organized and held by members of EARS, the Equus Assinus Recreation Society, a group of burro and mule adopters and owners.
"We do this to have fun with our animals," said organizer Virginia Freeman of Artois, "and we also want to show people that adopting a burro or mule from the BLM adoption program is a rewarding experience."
About 40 participants brought their equines to the event, where they competed in traditional halter, leading and driving classes. They had lots of laughs in events such as the Pancake Race, Outhouse Trot and the Gold Rush Race where obvious cheating was encouraged. When they were not competing, burros kept the young spectators happy by providing rides.
The BLM Litchfield Corrals provided six burros for a "mini" adoption event. Three Jacks went to new homes.
More photos from the event are below:
Janet Neal, coordinator of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Volunteer Program, takes her turn leading burros equipped for packing. Janet and BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Leader Tom Pogacnik represented the adoption program, competing as part of Team BLM.
What comes to mind when you think of donkeys? For Longears Cele'bray'tion organizers it's pancakes! Below, competitors in the pancake race prepare flapjacks for the judges. In the event, contestants pack pancake cooking gear and ingredients onto their burros, race across the arena, unpack, then mix and cook a pancake using a camp stove. The best pancake wins (this year it was a strawberry and whipped cream-covered crepe).
In the calm before the competition, a mule and his owner, in silhouette against a brilliant fall day, wait patiently to enter the arena for their turn to compete.
WHB Program Leader Tom Pogacnik huddles with Blare, an adopted burro owned by event organizer Virginia Freeman and on loan to Team BLM.
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