Michael Gossman and his family don't get to see farm animals up close very often.
"We're kind of city folks, but we enjoy the country," Gossman said.
But today they traveled to Vancleave for a taste of the Ole Tyme Festival and Rodeo.
"They don't get much of a chance to see animals or horses or mules," Gossman said. "They got to go to the petting zoo, which is something they don't get to do very often. They're having a lot of fun. They got to ride the ponies."
Michael's daughter, Karah, said she values family trips like this one because it's something they don't always have time for.
"It's very fun being here with my family," said Karah Gossman. "We got to spend time together."
"It brings us all closer together," Michael Gossman said. "We can impart good morals on them, just being together as a family and have a good time."
One event the Gossmans and the other hundreds of people got to see was the mule pull contest.
"We're going to watch a mule pull that should be fun," Gossman said. "I've never seen one before."
A veteran mule puller, William Lewis, was sitting just a few feet away from the Gossmans. Lewis has been participating in this event since he was a kid, but this weekend, he was just a spectator.
"I'll just be watching from the sidelines," Lewis said.
It was a day full of fun experiences that the Grossmans, along with everyone else in attendance, won't soon forget.