It's time to play nice.
Shelbyville and Bedford County are now being inundated with our yearly crush of Celebration visitors.
We've had a rough summer locally, with many more anger-related police calls than usual -- domestic violence, fights, etc. And emotions may be running high at times during this year's Celebration due to fears of, or actual action by, the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Stay calm. And that applies to all of us, visitors and residents alike.
As far as possible actions involving horses or trainers, if they happen --- and that's a big if --- calm talk instead of screaming rage makes a much better impression, no matter how much outrage stays on the inside or how mistreated one may feel.
Remember, the world's watching.
This carries over to much smaller things as well.
Don't become angry if, for example, a few fellow drivers seem lost, drive in the wrong direction around the square or dart in front of oncoming traffic. For a small city, some Shelbyville intersections can be as irritating as Nashville's at times. And all of us have been lost in unfamiliar places, even with GPS units' help.
Just put up for a few days with golf carts on streets in the area around the Celebration Grounds. Granted, some locals don't agree with a little leniency during show time. But visiting carters have been fined for driving in heavy traffic on main streets. Hopefully, they will realize they're taking a risk by their actions.
Then there's the annual fly invasion. Locals allege that the pesky creatures increase for a few days during the show. But there's nothing that can be done, so just realize that the flies will fly away within a few days. Complaints won't drive them out.
Let's stay calm.
Most of the visiting folks will appreciate a little patience -- and may be in a position to pay back the favor in the future.
-- David Melson is the Times-Gazette's copy editor.