This year, 2,874 entries will compete in the show, down 340 from last year's show, said Dr. Doyle Meadows, chief executive officer of The Celebration.
"Although we are not happy with being down in entries, we are happy it's not as down as some people thought," Meadows said, adding that recreational sports and activities ranging from horses to NASCAR continue to face challenges as a result of the economy.
"These are just preliminary numbers and we think we'll have a real strong entries in the championship classes," Meadows said. "I think it's going to be a strong show."
The horse show will take place Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 in Shelbyville. Nearly a quarter of a million tickets are sold to fans who travel to Shelbyville from more than 40 states. This year marks the 73rd edition of the show.