Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, Jan. 14

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thanks for your support of Celebration Christmas

Thank you Shelbyville,

I would like to thank the citizens of our community who came to participate in the Celebration Christmas. Myself, the Celebration board, fellow employees, and volunteers that put the event on were amazed with the attendance of over 2,500 people. The concept of a quality, family oriented, holiday event, with a carnival-like feel has been a goal for a couple of years.

We have the Calsonic Arena, which is truly a blessing for our community. We have the lighting display on the property that is one of a kind. That combination is truly special. But it took the community choirs, dance troops, our fire department and high schools along with concerned residents with time, talent, ideas, and sponsorship to make the concept a reality. I've lived in other areas where similar types of events are held, but the cost to attend puts it out of reach for many people. Every child in our town should be able to have the joy we saw. The goal here was to have a first class event that everyone could partake in. Having so many in the community join in to benefit the community was the only way it could happen. Thank you.

Without any doubt the Celebration is vital to the economic stability of Shelbyville and the surrounding area. Not only is it the horse show every August, but events throughout the year held on the grounds that have a positive economic effect on commerce, real estate, and tax base in our area. These events fund the Blue Ribbon Club which is a venue for weddings, birthdays, and community events that many of us attend throughout the year at fees less than cost to the Celebration. It is also subsidizes the Calsonic Arena that holds every high school commencement and community give backs like the Celebration Christmas. Yes, Shelbyville needs the Celebration.

Of equal importance, the Celebration needs Shelbyville. I and your Celebration board are very cognizant of that fact. Without your support of the National Championship the great tradition of the Tennessee Walking Horse and this one-of-a-kind facility are at risk. We all must be conscious to take nothing, especially each other, for granted. Rather, we all need to find ways to celebrate and strengthen our partnership in any way we possibly can. The Celebration Christmas will, I hope, be another link in the partnership chain between the Celebration and Shelbyville. A new tradition for everyone to participate in and look forward to for years to come.


Michael Inman

CEO of the Celebration

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