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Shelby to celebrate Labor Day

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By Scotty McDaniel

As summer nears its end, the first Monday of September marks Labor Day - a day when we celebrate the achievements of American workers.

Leading the celebration in Shelbyville is Shelbyville-Shelby County branch of NAACP with its annual pageant and parade.

The NAACP pageants will be held at the SCHS Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Saturday this year, instead of Sunday as it was in recent years. Activities were scheduled this way to free people up to watch the Kentucky Wildcats play the Louisville Cardinals in this Sunday's college football season opener, according to Debra Jordan, President of the Shelbyville-Shelby County NAACP branch.

The pageant will feature contests for newborns all the way up to 17 year olds. There will also be Golden Jewel contest.

Regular admission is $3, senior citizens get in for $2 and children ages 10-and-under get in for $1.

The NAACP Labor Day parade will start at 11 a.m. Monday. The theme for this year's parade is "Celebrating our heritage."

"We will have many local units, officials, dancers, motorcyclists and our main attraction will be the Kentucky State University Marching Thorobreds, under the direction of Dr. Kalomo Bailey," Jordan said.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can contact Ross Webb at Webb/Central Funeral Home, 633-3750. Floats, cars, vans and horses will assemble at the First Baptist Church parking lot. Walking units and dance teams will assemble at Webb/Central Funeral Home. Everyone should be ready by 10:15 a.m.

Each vehicle in the parade is required to have a poster on each side, listing who the vehicle represents.

Waddy Labor Day fun

The Waddy Ruritan Club is sponsoring this year's Labor Day festival in Waddy, beginning with a tasty breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Ruritan Building on Kings Highway. A fun run will follow the breakfast at 8 a.m.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will feature local officials, churches, scouts, as well as horses and classic cars.

The Ruritan Club stresses that in order to keep the fun safe, no ATVs are being allowed in the parade this year.

The activities continue at noon, with the pedal pull activity and a corn hole tournament.

The Waddy Saddle Club is sponsoring a horse show at 1 p.m. to conclude the festivities. Judge Rob Rothenburger will be the Grand Marshal.

Food will be available from 11:30 a.m. to close.

"The parade just seems to get bigger an bigger each year -- as does the festival," said Pat Hargadon, member of the Ruritan Club.

NAACP Pageant contests

*Baby Contest: birth-23 months

Contact: Lisa Marshall - 633-3250 or Mary Marshall - 633-7424

*Toddler's Contest: 2-5 year olds

Contact: Sylvia Marshall - 633-6953 or Lisa Marshall - 633-3250

*Little Mr. & Miss Contest: 6-12 year olds

Contact: Mary Johnson - 633-4174

*Mr. and Mrs. NAACP Contest: Ages: 13-17

Contact: Albert or Debra Jordan - 633-1789

*Golden Jewel Contest:

Contact: Sylvia Marshall - 633-6953 or Mary Johnson - 633-4174