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Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

“Mule” Love These Wedding Donkeys and Beer Burros

Eric Harris, a miniature donkey breeder with Nickeltop Farms, decided several years ago to make these friendly, adorable and clean miniature donkeys available for special occasions, weddings, surprises, anniversaries and events up to 100 miles from Dunnellon. Miniature donkeys are originally from the desert areas of Mediterranean Sicily and Sardinia.



He says, “Not only do they provide unique photo ops, the donkeys are very intelligent. Many people think that donkeys and mules are not very smart. This can't be farther from the truth! They have a very unique ability and memory to take things that they learn and apply them to everyday life.”


Donkeys can be Fiesta-Themed, Floral-Themed or you can provide the decorations you’d like us to put on the Donkeys when we arrive for set up. Mini Donkeys can be hired for weddings, kids fiesta themed parties, Cinco De Mayo, taco & tequila party, eater theater plays, fiesta-themed parties, adult birthday parties, office events, church functions, engagement parties and any other theme that requires a donkey.



Shannon Harris says, “A friend of ours mentioned how she heard about people renting donkeys for their weddings and other events. As life was being locked down due to COVID-19, he [Eric] began developing this fun, new business. I must say, it's really opened my eyes and brought me closer to these wonderful animals. I have learned how smart and loving they really are. Truly, it's a crime to not share these little cuties with others.”



Wedding donkeys and beer burros can carry a variety of beverages for guests to serve themselves. They are individually chosen for their sweet nature, are family-friendly and love attention. They are also available for corporate events and conferences to deliver special goodies or giveaways. Trained donkey handlers are always be in attendance, either leading the donkey around or supervising them while greeting and interacting with guests.



Wedding Donkeys and Beer Burros is located at 5201 SW 171st Ct., in Dunnellon. For more information, call 239-910-2402 or visit

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