Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, along with Chamber president Ben Craig, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright and Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray, display the "Our Visitors are Number 1" ribbons being distributed to area businesses for display during the Celebration. Front row, from left: Amanda O'Neal, Jo Ann Holland, Ronda Clanton, Angel Vaughn, and Cassie Davis. Back row: Ann Farrar, Craig, Cartwright, Andrea Miller, Ray, Natalie Townes, Carlene Smith, Linda Nichols, Dawn Holley, and Marsha Howard. Committee members not present: Ben McLean, Charlie Williams, Bo Gill, Jennifer Templeton, Laura MacDermott, Pat Finney, and Tonya Davis.(T-G Photo by John I. Carney) [Order this photo]
Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, who already represent the chamber at events such as ribbon-cuttings and coffees, will serve as greeters this year at the Celebration, welcoming visitors at the three most-used entrances to the outdoor arena and handing out the brochure for the "Jack Trail" including sites in Bedford County.
Ambassadors signed up for work shifts during a meeting on Wednesday.
Ambassadors have also been contacting 93 businesses in Shelbyville that have marquees on which messages can be displayed, urging as many as possible to post "Welcome Celebration Visitors" during the show. And they will also encourage businesses to display the red, white and blue ribbons created for the Chamber by L&M Awards.
The increased push to cultivate Celebration-related tourism also included hospitality workshops held earlier this month for local businesses. The workshops have also benefitted the Chamber as several participating businesses asked for membership applications.