Championship Mule Jumping: An Altenburg Fair Family Tradition

There's a reason they call it the "Best Little Fair in the Land"

Altenburg: a town in Perry County, Missouri, population 352.

On most weekends you might drive through Altenburg on your way to somewhere else.

But when the “Best Little Fair in the Land” returns each year, more than 25,000 people stop here to say howdy neighbor.

The East Perry Community Fair is a longstanding tradition in southeast Missouri.

It remains true to its roots, celebrating all that is agriculture.

Mule Jumping

That list includes world championship mule jumping.

Folks here compete to see which mule can jump the highest.

The Bronenkant’s live in Altenburg and are a family of mule jumpers, a tradition passed down from generation to generation.

It started with Carly Bronenkant’s grandpa, or Papa Curt, as she calls him.

He raised and competed with Dinah June.

In fact, together they won many awards at the East Perry Community Fair.

Carly says this is her favorite time of year.

She grew up watching her dad and grandpa mule jump.

In 2011, Papa Curt passed away from cancer.

Now, Carly continues the tradition in remembrance of him.

“It’s so much fun, it really is. It’s just so cool to do. For me, I get to carry on a family tradition.”

She calls the farm her happy place.

Her face lights up when Dinah makes a successful jump.

“Mule jumping is classic East Perry County for sure.”

Carly will compete against several others, in front of hundreds at the “Altenburg Fair.”

This particular event is one of the can’t miss attractions at the fair.

Carly says you must also take a bite of a cheese sandwich and stick around for the truck and tractor pulls.