Checking in at the Texas Pretty Mule Contest

The West Texas Beautiful Burro and Mule Contest is held Saturday in Jeff Davis County, Texas. Judges will decide which burros and mules are best dressed, most congenial, have the loudest bray, the longest ears, perform the best tricks or are considered the most beautiful.

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Some people believe that beauty pageants have become passe and celebrate beings for individual parts, not the whole of their souls and character. But there are few complaints about an annual pageant in Texas. The West Texas Beautiful Burro and Mule Contest is held today in Jeff Davis County. Judges will decide which burros and mules are best-dressed, most congenial, have the loudest bray, the longest ears, perform the best tricks or are considered the most beautiful--the best asses in west Texas, if you please. The annual pageant raises money to help local 4-H Clubs build livestock barns before winter sets in. Burros are expected to be brought in from as far away as Mexico and as nearby as Marfa, Texas, which is home for Doc, a mule who won last year's awards for longest ears and best costume. Doc was dressed as Superman then. Maybe this year he'll be Harry Potter with a pair of glasses on his snout, Seabiscuit or, with those championship ears, Prince Charles.

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