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Picturing the Past 121: Rainy night at the showPosted Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at 12:01 PM
The Celebration grounds crew at work in 1974 after a rainy night left the track in a total mess. Yes, they got it in good shape within a few hours. (T-G file photo)
Ever seen it looking like this? Two inches of rain fell the night before and the grounds crew and others have their hands full getting the ring in condition for the show to go on.
But go on it did.
I can only think of two times the show's been cancelled (or moved into Calsonic Arena) - one which I've only read about, in the 1940s, and another time sometime within the past 20 years when Bedford County was hit by the remnants of a hurricane. There's another time, I think in the 1980s or maybe later than that, when high winds hit during a show -- with folding chairs flying through the air. I imagine some of our readers will remember that one. And it seems like around 2002-2003 a severe thunderstorm struck the grounds one night while a tornado watch was out. Eyes were definitely toward the sky that night.
But the grounds crew has always gotten the show ring in shape even under extreme conditions. I've been at the show grounds several times this week doing a story on grounds preparation for the T-G's annual Celebration edition. Everyone I talked to was helpful, friendly and seemed really dedicated to doing a good job. The proof shows every Celebration.
More photos coming: More than likely you'll see Picturing the Past expanded to more than once a week very soon. Over the weekend a Facebook page on Shelbyville memories suddenly exploded onto the scene. Enjoyable reading, and I'm contributing to it myself.
We've got a great resource here at the PTP blog as well. As several people have suggested, I need to start posting newer photos than I have been. You've been heard and we'll go in that direction.
But there's still an interest from some folks in older stuff as well. We'll try to please everyone.
PTP on Facebook? It's been suggested that a Facebook page be started for this blog. Interested?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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