Uptown City Fair promises a good time

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Shelbyville square will be the place to be Saturday as the Uptown City Fair will be in full swing.

People can enter the square from North Main Street with limited parking on the west side. Parking will also be available at the Fly Building and along Depot Street.

Vendors from all over the state will be setting up on the south side of the square, and Calvin Cannon, promotion committee chairman of Main Street Shelbyville, a proposed Tennessee Main Street Community, is extremely excited about them.

Mouth-watering food

"We will have Hit or Miss Homemade Ice Cream from Michigan," he said. "The homemade ice cream is made on site using a 1932 John Deere Hit or Miss motor."

Kicking off the fair is the Tennessee State Chili Cook-Off Championship. Those competing in the professional division must be a member of the International Chili Society with cooks meeting at 9:30 a.m. The professional division has people coming from all over, including Mississippi, California and Kentucky.

Anyone can compete in the People's Choice Division. There is no fee to enter that division, but cooks must prepare two gallons of chili to be sampled by the public, who can then pay $5 to sample the chili.

Flashy cars

The Uptown Car Show will feature more categories this year than last. The divisions include Chevrolets, Fords, muscle cars, race cars, 4x4 trucks, Corvettes, motorcycles, Mustangs, trucks and show favorite.

"Last year, we had several entries, and we're hoping to add more this year," Cannon said. "Most car shows for the general public bring in 100-plus cars, and we're hoping to have at least that many."

The entry fee is $3, and judging starts at noon. The winners will be announced at 2 p.m. The car show is being held in the courthouse parking lot.

Drawing and hunting

Artists can stretch their fingers in the pencil sketch challenge. An assignment can be picked up at the Main Street Booth at 10 a.m., and those competing should turn in their sketch by 3:30 p.m. for judging. Three different viewpoints will be given for sketches, and artists must bring their own pencil and paper.

Most merchants on the square are participating in the scavenger hunt, which is a little different than most.

"Participants won't have to find items," he said. "It's more like a fill-in-the-blank kind of thing. They'll have to go into the stores and ask the merchants questions."

The lists should be picked up at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Street tent and turned back in at 3:30 p.m. The winner will be drawn from all the correct entries for a small cash award.

Chickens and dogs

Like eating? What about chicken strips? If so, stretch your jaws and take part in the chicken eating contest held at noon.

Space is available for the first 10 people that register, and the first to finish a plate of chicken strips will be the chicken eating champion.

A crowd favorite is the dog show and "Mutt on a Leash" contests. The dog show is for pure breed dogs, but the "Mutt on the Leash" is for any Heinz 57 variety dog.

"We will have a winner in both categories, picked by the crowd," he said.

You are so...

The popular "You are So Shelbyville If..." contest will not be over Saturday.

"We will still be taking entries at the fair," Cannon said, "and a winner will be announced next week."

Entries can still be turned in at the Times-Gazette office, WRL Market and Rags.

For more information on any of these contests, call Cannon at 639-3643 or visit the Web site at www.uptown-shelbyville.com.