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Students see the show

Friday, August 24, 2012

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Students from Learning Way Elementary School hoist their donut into the air and yell "donuts" before biting into the tasty delicacy as they attended the Celebration and were treated to donuts from the Optimist Club concession stand.
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The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is recognizing local schools during the 10-day show this year, after giving more than 16,000 tickets to local students.

Each student in Bedford County has received a pair of tickets for one night of the show. City elementary schools will be tonight's guests, with Eakin, East Side and Southside schools being recognized as their school logos are flashed on the Jumbotron, and Bobby Sands will share information about each school.

More recognition

Saturday night students of Harris Middle, Thomas Magnet and Bedford County Learning Academy will be recognized. Monday will be "Community Night" with over 1,500 students from the elementary, middle and high schools in attendance.

Tuesday night will feature Liberty Elementary. Cascade schools will be the honored guests next Wednesday, and Shelbyville Central High School and Learning Way Elementary will be featured on Thursday.

Sharing the fun

"In the past and certainly the present, school administrators have recognized the significance of The Celebration by letting the kids out a week, so I think we owe it to the kids and the community to give them the opportunity to come and share in the pageantry of the show," said Dr. Doyle Meadows, Celebration CEO.

Traditionally, local schools return in the fall for two weeks before taking a break during the Celebration.

'Vital parts'

"We believe education and walking horses are both vital parts of Bedford County, and we are happy to partner with the TWHNC," said Dr. Ray Butrum, superintendent.

Tickets have no cash value and cannot be exchanged. Parents are reminded that this is not a school-sponsored event and should provide appropriate adult supervision for each child that attends.