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Celebration, events help local economy

Thursday, July 5, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of weekly columns by Dr. Doyle Meadows, CEO of The Celebration.

Hello, my friends, and welcome back to "Around the Grounds."

The Celebration continues to contribute to the local economy through various events conducted on our grounds.

The 2012 rodeo was the largest in years with standing room only, and the Moto-Cross was fantastic. FAST had an exciting three night Walking Horse Show in March followed by the first Quarter Horse show in several years. West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association managed the show which brought exhibitors from eight states to Bedford County. They have discussed a follow-up show in 2013 as well as additional dates. Bedford County provided West Tennessee Quarter Horse Association with a $1,500 sponsorship.

The Nashville Symphony was a huge success again this year. The Celebration not only provided a venue at no charge, but also donated money so that area residents can enjoy the music.

For the first time in storied history, The Celebration conducted a horse show outside of Shelbyville. In an effort to continue to have quality horse shows outside of Middle Tennessee, The Celebration managed the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration in Panama City Beach, Fla. Last week, The Celebration gave $2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Shelbyville as a result of the horse show.

The Fun Show surpassed all expectations, particularly in light of negative events that have remained a constant over the last six weeks.

WOW-what a car show! The Antique Automobile Club of America held their national event on our grounds and was conducted by a great group of local members that comprise the Celebration Car Club from here in Bedford County.

The Tennessee State 4-H Horse Championships are a "big boom" to our area and the second largest show we have at the Celebration. The Celebration has donated the entire facility and labor for this event for 28 consecutive years.

By the way, our GREAT friend and past Celebration Chairman Dr. Joe Lambert was instrumental in getting the 4-H state show established on the grounds back in 1984. The Celebration is proud to help the 4-H youth who attended from 65 counties in Tennessee and boasted over 2,500 entries.

The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show is just around the corner - July 12-14. Again we look for a big crowd and lots of fun. All of these events spell M-O-N-E-Y for our area.

Well, the "Big One" is starting to come into focus. For 74 years, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has been a cornerstone of Bedford County heritage and remains today our community treasure. Many things have happened to our industry this year, but we will continue to have great Celebrations. Certainly, we have had set-backs, but typically we all become stronger for the opportunities of change.

Doyle Meadows
Around the Grounds
Dr. Doyle Meadows is CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

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