David Melson

Celebration returns to spotlight

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2007, at 8:48 AM
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  • All the Celebration has done lately in the past few years is generate bad publicity for Shelbyville and Bedford County and we already have enough of that with other things going on (murders, etc). People say that the horse show is essential for the economical existence of Shelbyville and Bedford County but lately it has just covered us with a dark cloud of suspicion and negativity.

    It saddens me a bit knowing that any of my tax dollars go to it or anything that benefits the horse show. Also, it makes me wonder how many illegal immigrants the whole horse show business employs which creates another problem.

    Is our reputation worth sullying just for a few individuals to make a lot of money off of breeding million dollar horses and having bragging rights to who has the best horse? I know the town makes money off the event and the industry being here but does that mean we need to roll over and give them everything they want with no strings attached? I agree with David that the industry needs to have open communication with the city and county about all aspects of its business because we are the ones dealing with its problems whether it is bad press or the typical complaints of August such as traffic and flies.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Nov 29, 2007, at 10:35 AM
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