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The Visitor's Center/Heritage Center on Main Street now sports an attractive new kiosk which displays upcoming local events of interest around the community.
The informational kiosk is the culmination of the efforts of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, the City of Shelbyville, SMART (Shelby County Merchants Association for Retail Trade) and the Shelby Development Corporation. Eilene Collins, executive director of the SDC, said the purpose of the kiosk is to give residents and visitors information about the community and to promote upcoming local activities. She added that the kiosk was funded jointly by each of the above four entities. Leslee Bottorff, a member of the SDC Design Committee, created the design for the kiosk.
"I just started drawing a sketch of one like the ones you see in Europe, and everybody liked it," she said.
The structure has lighted panels which will display upcoming events, and can be changed when needed to promote different events. It is still not quite complete, yet, as it still needs an ornament to adorn its top, Bottorff said.
"Sue Andriot is working with an artist who is going to create a sculpture of the silhouette of a saddlebred horse to put on top," she said.
Andriot said that the artist, Gwen Reardon, is also the artist who created the statue of Mary Gaylord's world champion Santana Lass across from the Shelby County Fairgrounds.
"At first we were going to put a weather vane on top, but then decided that it should be a saddlebred horse, instead," Andriot said. "After all, we are the saddlebred horse capital of the world."
Bottorff said the kiosk represents not only the community, but also the spirit of teamwork that exists here.
"It is just another example of all sorts of people working together to make the community better," she said. "It all came together through a good cooperative effort."