Lisa King
The crowd enjoying the pre-horse show festivites from the pavilion hurries to Floral Hall just as a thunderstorm hits the fairgrounds.
Storm wreaks havoc with horse show

The 26th Annual Shelbyville Horse Show opened with a bang Wednesday night, not from the horses, but from Mother Nature.

Half an hour before the show was scheduled to begin — with socializing, eating and drinking already well underway — skies darkened rapidly, and wind began to whip tablecloths, skirts and hairpieces.

The situation had the potential to be a serious situation, said Pam Ray, one of the event’s main organizers.