Downtown festival had humble beginning

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The first lighting of downtown Shelbyville wasn’t all that bright, but it has grown in candlepower in the past 25 years.

By Lisa King

This year Shelbyville’s Celebration of Lights will shine a little brighter than did the first one 25 years ago.

The downtown event, sponsored by SMART (Shelbyville Merchants of Retail Trade), to kick off the Christmas shopping season, was not always the spectacular event it is now, said those who set the wheels in motion more than two decades ago.

Kathy Yount was executive director of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce when what was then known as Light Up Shelbyville began.

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