EARIER: Jubilee comes this weekend

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New lawn contest for this year

By Lisa King

Eilene Collins has all her ducks in a row for this year’s Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee.

Collins, executive director of Shelby Development Corporation, said she hopes the kick off breakfast for the event, to be held at the Undulata Farm at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, will be well-attended, because that mean more ducks will be in the Saddlebred Duck Race.

“The ducks are two for five dollars, and we sell a lot of them at the breakfast,” she said. “And that is how we raise money for the prizes.”

The race, to be held at Red Orchard Park, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday and is just one of the many events of the Jubilee, which was started 14 years ago as a way to draw people into the area for the horse show, which begins Wednesday.

In addition to these activities, the Jubilee, which is held downtown, also features a street party concert Friday night in the 600 block of Main Street and a new contest this year, a Tacky Lawn Ornament Contest.

Collins said she is looking forward to seeing what kind of entries will be brought in.

“It will be a really fun contest,” she said.

The contest will be a tribute to the late Mary Simmons, longtime director of the Dorman Center, who died in February.

Collins said Simmons was a fun-loving person with a great sense of humor.

Saturday’s activities include a custom car show, a sidewalk sale, sidewalk chalk art on the Fountain Lawn and a street party concert at 5th and Main streets.

Collins said the Youth Art Show, which will be Thursday through Aug. 5 at the Shelby County Public Library, shows a high caliber of talent this year.

“We have two hundred and thirty-nine pieces this year, which is fewer entries, but the quality of the art is just amazing,” she said. “It won’t be an easy task for the judges.”

The Youth Art Show is open to students in grades K through 12. The winning high school senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship.