Attractions in Shelbyville, TN
Amongst the other various things to do, Shelbyville features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Shelbyville and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Bedford County's signature festivals and events, such as the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Wartrace MusicFest and the RC and Moon Pie Festival, combine with a thriving downtown arts scene to attract thousands from across the country each year. Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
On the Saturday night before Labor Day in Shelbyville‚ the moment comes when 30‚000 spectators stand silently in the dark‚ barely moving‚ barely breathing. A spotlight roams the dirt ring lined with the globe’s most magnificent walking horses‚ riders astride with hearts pounding. The announcer calls the winner’s number‚ the crowd roars and the triumphant steed – now the World Grand Champion – takes a victory lap.
So much takes place these days at Shelbyville's Fly Arts Center‚ home to the Bedford County Arts Council. The Shelbyville-based council had only a handful of members when it formed 25 years ago‚ and today the performing arts group has grown to 150 members. In addition‚ hundreds of non-members from Bedford County and beyond participate in the organization’s numerous artistic offerings‚ which include youth theater summer camps and Thursday evening art classes for adults.