Organizers said the horses undergo 10 different inspections before they are able to compete. The celebration currently has a 98 percent compliance rate.
The Celebration is facing another problem. For the past six years, it has fallen on tough times. In 2012, it lost $438,356. Organizers are hoping changes made this year will help boost revenue and ticket sales.
New this year, no coolers are allowed; and for the first time, beer and liquor will be sold inside Celebration Stadium.
The Walking Horse Celebration is the largest agriculture event in the state. It brings in between $38 million and $40 million to Bedford County.
A new Grand World Champion will be crowned the Saturday before Labor Day. –WSMV-
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