Tuesday night Celebration will go on, says Meadows
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration plans to hold its Tuesday night performance as scheduled, at 7 p.m. While the Grounds have received a substantial amount of rainfall over the past 24 hours, the condition of the track has remained good for the continuation of the competition.
"I was amazed at how well the track held up last night," said Celebration CEO Doyle Meadows in a news release. "That's a credit to the preparation and hard work our Grounds Staff has put forth to make sure our surface remains safe and in good shape for all exhibitors."
When it comes to safety issues for fans and exhibitors alike, The Celebration does have a policy for lightning. This policy was developed after studying the lightning policies of other venues and those of organizations such as the NCAA and Southeastern Conference. The Celebration will be working in concert with the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency to stay abreast of any developing weather situation.
The policy includes the following:
- Show Manager notified when lightning is detected within 15 miles
- Public Address announcements made to inform exhibitors and patrons when lightning is detected within 10 miles
- Competition suspended when lightning is detected within 6 miles and patrons asked to vacate the seating areas
- Competition may be resumed after being given an "all clear" and no detected lightning strikes occur within a six-mile radius.
In addition, open umbrellas are not allowed in the seating area of the Celebration Arena.