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The Shelbyville Horse Show is just around the corner, and that means coming down the street right at you is the Horse Show Jubilee, an array of events designed to provide fun and entertainment for everyone in the family, even if you don’t ride horses.
“I think the best new thing about Jubilee 2012 is that it offers events for the entire family,” said Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eilene Collins, who organizes the program. “The breakfast for the adults; stick horse parade, duck race, ChalkFest and youth art show for the children; and the concerts, car cruise and sidewalk sale for all ages.”
The jubilee begins, fittingly, on Thursday with the annual kickoff breakfast at Undulata Farm, where guests will dine on dishes from Claudia Sanders, listen to remarks from Miss Kentucky – and Shelby County descendant – Ann-Blair Thornton and get a peek at one or two of Hoppy Bennett’s prized Saddlebreds.
From there on, the jubilee is all about the kids – and even with a little bit of a horse tie.
A new event this year is the Stick Horse Parade, which will take place at 5 p.m. next Friday in the city’s parking lot on Main Street, between 6th and 7th streets, in Shelbyville.
Participants can build their own horses right there, and prizes will be awarded to the best.
That follows on a theme of artistry.
On Thursday evening, the annual youth art reception will be held at the Shelby County Public Library. That’s where a variety of kids’ creativity will be on display, with prizes awarded and a $1,000 college scholarship presented by Shelby County Magistrate Hubie Pollett.
Then on July 28 there is the annual ChalkFest, where entrants decorate sidewalks around the Shelby County Courthouse with their best and possibly prize-winning work.
Also along Main Street are downtown concerts on Friday (with Phil Kelley) and July 28 (with Leo and the Moonlighters), and a wide array of horsepower in the custom car show that will dominate four blocks on both sides of the street on the evening of July 28.
There is one more key competition: The annual Saddlebred Duck Race, which starts at 11 a.m. July 28 at Lake Shelby. In this event, plastic ducks sponsored by individuals are released in Clear Creek and float to the finish line.
There’s only one thing to follow, the horse show itself, which is Aug. 1-4 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.
2012 Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee
Kickoff breakfast:The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee Kickoff Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Undulata Farm. Ann-Blair Thornton, 2011 Miss Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are available at the offices at 316 Main St. in Shelbyville.
Jubilee youth art reception:The youth art show reception for the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Public Library. The event is free.
Stick Horse Parade:The stick horse parade will be at 5 p.m. Friday at 627 Main St., in the city of Shelbyville’s parking lot.
Street Party Concert:A street party concert will be 6 p.m. Friday at 627 Main Street in the City of Shelbyville parking lot. Phil Kelley will entertain at this free event with easy listening music. Food will be available to purchase.
Saddlebred Duck Race:A Saddlebred Duck Race will be at 11 a.m. July 28 at Lake Shelby’s Moses Ruben Pavilion. Food will be available to purchase.
ChalkFest:ChalkFest will be at 6 p.m. July 28 at the Shelby County Courthouse, 5th and Main streets in Shelbyville. Winners will be announced during the street party concert. Chalk, water, and hand wipes provided.
Street party concert:A Downtown Street Party concert will be at 7-11 p.m. July 28 at 5th and Main streets in Shelbyville. Music will be provided by Leo and the Moonlighters for this free event. Food vendors will be on hand.
Custom car cruise:The Shelby County Car Club’s custom car cruise will be at 6-10 p.m. July 28 on Main Street between 4th and 7th streets. More cars will be attending this year.