Summertime fun options available in Shelby County

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By Lisa King

Lazy summer days, a tall glass of cold lemonade and a picnic in the park sounds pretty good after a cold, rainy spring.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for summer fun in Shelby County.

First off, there’s the county’s park system and all kinds of activities for kids and adults alike.

Jeremiah Heath, director of the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park, laughed when asked what kinds of programs and activities were available this summer.

“Where do you want to start?” he asked. “We got just a ton of things going on.”

Camp Clear Creek, a 2-week summer camp set for June 13 through Aug. 5 for kids ages 4 to 12 years old will offer swimming, games, boot camp and many other events.

Then there’s sports camps, including baseball, basketball, swimming, yoga, and an event that Heath is really pumped about, the Guist Creek Olympic Triathlon set for June 11.

“We’ll have a 1,500 meter swim meet, a 40 kilo bike race and a 10 kilo run,” he said, “with awards for each age group.”

Then there is everyone’s favorite summer activity: indoor and outdoor pool games at Clear Creek Park, with events such as diving for nickels, capturing the ducks and musical cones.

Heath said that although the parks system draws mostly individuals, there are special rates for school and church groups, as well as day care centers.

“They can make reservations if they have a group of 10 or more,” he said.

Let’s not forget Lake Shelby, and its paddleboats, canoeing, camping and hiking.

“I’m not bragging, but our volleyball facilities are the best,” Heath said.

For those who like horseback riding or just a day or camping or picnicking, there is Shelby Trails in Simpsonville.

“It’s just fantastic,” said Michael Riggs, a Shelby County magistrate who lives in that district. “It’s a great place for individuals, school groups, church groups, everyone can enjoy it. It’s really an unbelievable place.”

The 400-acre park, targeted toward a nature preserve, opened this year.

Golf, anyone?

Derreck Griffitts, facility manager and PGA golf pro at Clear Creek Golf Course, is exciting about all the golf camps he has planned for this summer, that will include kids, adults, and seniors.

“When it comes to kids, I have clinics and camps, and my junior golf team for 10 years and above, I mentor them and get them ready to play high school golf,” he said.

“Then I have a group of about fifteen ladies that play golf on Tuesdays. We have a lot of fun.”

Then there’s another popular event, the Shelby County Fair, set for June 16-25, and Beth Snider, with the fair board, is excited about a day of free admission coming this year.

“We have never done this before, but we will have one day where everyone can get in free,” she said. “Our primary way to keep the fair going is the admission prices, of course, but this is our way to show community goodwill.”

Like horses?

Shelby Countians would say that’s a silly question and those who attend the Shelbyville Horse Show this summer, coming up Aug. 3-6 at the fairgrounds, will tell you the show is a class act. So much so, in fact, that it was named one of the top 10 festivals and events of Summer 2010 in the state by the Kentucky Tourism Council.

The fairgrounds will also be home to the farmers market this summer, with plenty of fresh vegetables grown locally.

The good thing about summer activities is the opportunity to spend time having fun outdoors, and Magistrate Hubie Pollett says the best way to do that is to spend an evening taking in an outdoor concert as part of the downtown summer concert series that begins in May.

“It’s a really good way for people to have a good time totally free of charge, and since the economy went south, that is a really good thing,” he said.

There are those, of course, who love to curl up with a good book, no matter the season, and the Shelby County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Wild About Reading, offers a variety of programs for kids of all ages.

“This is the best antidote for the ‘summer slide’ in children’s reading achievement,” Youth Services Librarian Sherry Bogard said. “During the summer, we are encouraging children and families to make reading for fun a top Shelby County activity, taking full advantage of what your public library has to offer.”


Shelby County Parks & Rec
FAC pool hours
Outdoor pool hours, after Memorial Day, 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Once school is over pool hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Shelby Parks Football Camp
The Shelby Parks Football camp is Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon, June 13-16. The cost of $50 per camper includes a T-shirt.
Camp counselors include:
Dallas Kingsolver, graduate of Shelby County High School, played four years at Campbellsville University, Offensive Coordinator at 6A Lexington Lafayette
Jason Dunn, 11-year NFL veteran for Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, O-Line Coach at Lexington Lafayette
JT Haskins, four-year varsity letterman at University of Louisville as a DB. Started in the 2004 Orange Bowl, currently DB coach at Lexington Lafayette
Alex Matthews, Graduate of Shelby County High School, two-year varsity letterman at Georgetown College, QB coach at Lexington Lafayette
Todd Shipley, Head Coach, Shelby County High School
Jerry Lucas, Head Coach Martha Layne Collins High School
To sign up for any of our summer camps, stop by the athletics office and fill out a general registration form with the name of the camp you are signing up for. Remember, certain camps have limited space. If you should have any questions about the camps, or anything having to do with Shelby County Parks and Recreations Athletic Department, contact one of the following at 502-633-5059, or Email: Chip Minnis, Athletic Director, cminnis@shelbycountyparks.com;  Jeffrey Long, assistant athletic director, jlong@shelbycountyparks.com; Margo Wilborn, administrative assistant, mwilborn@shelbycountyparks.com

Girls summer volleyball league
This year will be our first year hosting a girls summer volleyball league. With growing support and a ton of interest we figured it was time to give the ladies of Shelby County a place to practice and compete against others here at the park! The league is for fourth- to seventh-graders. Practices will be Tuesday nights and games on Thursday nights. The team should consists of 30 girls for a good competitive league. The cost is $75 per player, which includes the uniform. The league will take place for six weeks, starting in June.

Basketball camps
There are four camps of 18 participants to fit each child’s age and ability 9 a.m.-noon at Collins High School four days that week. The cost is $75, which includes a T-shirt. Camp dates are June 27-30, ladies camp and grades first-sixth; July 5-8, first/second grade camp; July 11-14, third/fourth grade; July 18-21, fifth/sixth grade. An example of average camp day is 8:55-9:15 a.m. warm up and stretch; 9:15-9:45 a.m. conditioning and strength; 9:50-10:40 a.m. shooting; 10:45-11:15 a.m. dribbling/defense; 11:15 a.m.-noon, 1 vs.1, 3 vs.3, 5 vs.5.

Golf camps
Spring junior clinic, May 16-19, ages 6-years and up, 6-7 p.m., $40 per child
Summer junior clinic I, June 20-23, ages 6-years and up, 6-7 p.m., $40 per child
Summer junior camp, June 27-30, ages 6-years and up, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $125 per child
Rockos junior clinic, July 5-7, ages 5-years and under, 6-7 p.m., $40 per child.
Shelby County Public Library summer schedule
June 1,    Sign-ups for summer readings begin
June 8,    Story hour, 11 a.m.
June 15, Story hour, 11 a.m.
June 16, Land Down Under, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
June 17, Tea Party, 11 a.m., animal theme
June 18, Tea Party, 11 a.m., animal theme
June 21, Registration, Teen Didgeridoo, grades fifth-seventh, 2-3 p.m.; grades eighth-twelfth, 4-5 p.m.
June 22, Story hour, 11 a.m.
June 23, Kid Movie Day, 11 a.m.
June 24, Safari Party, 11 a.m.
June 25, Safari Party, 11 a.m.
June 28, Registration, Teen Game Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
June 29, Story hour, 11 a.m.
June 30, African Movement and Music with Yolantha Pace, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
July 4, Library closed
July 6, Story hour, 11 a.m.
July 7, Splash and Dash, kids 10:30 a.m., teens 1:30 p.m.
July 12, Teen movie, 4 p.m.
July 13, Story hour, 11 a.m.
July 14, Kid Movie Day, 11 a.m.
July 16, Registration for summer reading ends
July 21, Wrap-up party, 10 a.m.-noon kids, 1-3 p.m. teens
July 22, Rain date
July 30, Deadline – all logs due
Fairgrounds events
June 3-4, Salt River Antique Power and Central KY Antique Pullers Show
June 9, Cardinal Caravan
June 11-12, H. Barry Smith Sale
June 16-25, Shelby County Fair
July 15-17, Paso Fino Horse Show
Aug. 3-6, Shelbyville Horse Show
Aug. 20, Walking Horse Show
Sept. 9-11, Lifebridge for Animals
Sept. 17, Kentucky American Saddlebred Horse Show
Oct. 1, Salt River Tractor Pull
Oct. 14-15, Walking Horse Show
Oct. 29, SAHIBA Horse Show
Nov. 19, Salt River Tractor Pull
For more information visit www.shelbycofair.com.