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The forecast of ice and snow to arrive in Shelby County has frozen out not only the annual Christmas Parade in Shelbyville, but several other events as well.
Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd announced Friday morning that the parade, scheduled for Saturday, would be canceled for this year because of a deteriorating weather forecast for the area
“This decision was based on public safety,” he said. “We realize the weather system is supposed to be through the area early Saturday morning but with temperatures below freezing, we feel that there still will be a public safety issue with the participants and those who come out to watch the parade.”
Cowherd, whose department organizes the parade, also cited concerns about causing a delay for road crews and said the parade will be rescheduled because of conflicts with organizers for coming weekends.
However, he plans to hold a float contest Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds and invites to community to attend that event.
“We realize that the organizations that entered floats have spent a lot of time, energy and money in preparing their floats,” he said, adding that the floats that were to be in the parade should meet at the fairgrounds at that time.
“We will judge the floats then and the community is encouraged to come to see the floats. Santa will make a special appearance on this day as well.”
Forecasters have been predicting overnight rain, turning to ice and then to snow, causing hazardous conditions on Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing, and more ice and snow are to arrive on Sunday and Monday, when travel conditions were expected to be worse.
Other events that have cancelled include the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s Pancake breakfast with Santa, and Christmas at the Library, both of which are scheduled for Saturday. Rotary organizers are trying to reschedule the breakfast, which was to include free photos with Santa, for Dec. 14, but say it will not be held at Centenary United Methodist Church as originally planned, because the room will not be available.
Linda Mahone, marketing director for the Shelby County Public Library, said that the library’s event, which was to have featured free photos with Santa, crafts for children, entertainment and refreshments, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, from 3-6 p.m.
In addition, Debbie Magan, reference librarian, said the decision has been made to shut the library down entirely on Saturday.
“We will be closed tomorrow, in anticipation of what is supposed to happen,” she said.
CASA Program Director Carolyn Smither said Friday morning that CASA officials have rescheduled the Christmas in the Courtyard event originally set for Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Wakefield Scearce Galleries on Washington Street, to Dec. 20, at the same time and place. Tickets will be available up until the event by contacting 502-647-2155 or www.casariverregion.org.
In addition, Shelby County Parks and Recreation officials have said that even though all its basketball games have been cancelled for Saturday, the tree decorating event at the Miller Outdoor Education Center and Red Orchard Park Christmas trees is still on for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with ornaments made by the public and hot cocoa and other treats.
Christmas in Mount Eden will also go on as scheduled, from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ruritan Club building in Mount Eden, said Magistrate Tony Carriss.
“We will have tons of chili and we are ready for whoever shows up,” he said. Activities will include music, food, a visit from Santa and arts and crafts. Mount Moriah Baptist Church will have gospel singing.
One event that was not cancelled, and in fact was moved up one hour, was Saturday's Class AAAA state championship football game involving Collins High School.
The Titans will now take on Fort Thomas Highlands beginning at 3 p.m. EST Saturday in the 4A final (which was originally slated for a 4 p.m. EST kickoff) at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.