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Tennessee 4-H Foundation Cites Celebration



The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was inducted into the Diamond Clover
Society Hall of Fame by the Tennessee 4-H Club Foundation during the 60th Tennessee 4-H Congress in Nashville.

The award was presented in recognition of The Celebration’s role as host of the Tennessee State 4-H Horse Show since1984.

"I initially approached The Celebration about hosting our event because being there would add a lot of excitement and clout to our show," said Dr. Doyle Meadow, Horse Specialist with the University of Tennessee. "As our show grew in size, The Celebration Grounds became the only facility in the state that was large enough to host us. There’s no doubt that being at The Celebration spurred the growth of the event. Showing on those grounds is a dream come true for many of our kids."
 
The Tennessee State 4-H Horse Show is now the largest statewide 4-H show in the United States.
"We’re extremely honored to receive this recognition from Tennessee 4-H and its Foundation," said Celebration CEO Ron Thomas. "To be just a small part of the wonderful work they do with the best and brightest young people from across our state is very satisfying. Our relationship with 4-H and the University of Tennessee is something very special to us."
 
The 2007 Tennessee 4-H Championships are slated for June 19-23 with classes in Western, Spotted Saddle, Hunter, English/Saddle, Walking/Racking, Miniatures, and Dressage as well as youth judging competition.
 
At the 23rd Annual Tennessee 4-H Championships in 2006, more than 410 Volunteer State 4-H Club members exhibited 2,279 entries during the five day, 157-class event.




The Celebration was inducted into the Diamond Clover Society Hall of Fame by the Tennessee 4-H Club Foundation.  Those taking part in the presentation included (l-r) Dr. Charles Goan, Interim Dean of University of Tennessee Extension; Celebration Director of Public and Media Relations Chip Walters; Celebration Administrative Assistant Connie Nixon; George Brown, President of the Tennessee 4-H Club Foundation; and Brown's wife, June.

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