Hardin was the first County Seat in Shelby County and held that distinction from 1819-1820. The local Courts and Sheriff’s office were empowered at that time and a post office was created in 1820. In celebration of Shelby County’s Bicentennial, the Shelby County Commissioners will describe events that were included in the formation of the County and the Sheriff’s office will lead an activity as well representing their historical presence in the County. The day will also offer live music by local performers and a Classic Car Cruise-In at nearby Purpose Driven Motors.
Musical entertainment includes the Hardin-Houston Local Elementary School Choir at 11:00 a.m. followed at noon by the Sidney based musical quartet known as Stratford Strings. Stratford Strings will be followed at 1:00 p.m. by the Irish Strings from Sidney and then, at 2:00 p.m., the St. John’s Bells from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney will perform. At 3:00 p.m., attendees will be entertained by Stephanie and Jonathan Hale. The final musical performance will be provided by well-known performer Timmy G who will take the stage at 4:00 p.m. and round out the entertainment portion of the day.
Concurrent with this event, the Shelby County Historical Society has organized a antique quilt exhibit at the Hardin Methodist Church and is collaborating with the Gateway Arts Council to host an art show themed “Shelby County” featuring the work from Shelby County area students and adults. Video presentations including Gateway Arts Council’s Images From the Land and Moving A Nation will also be on display.
Sponsored by Emerson Wagner Realty Co. Inc., Steve and Rosemary Knouff, Roy & Carol Morelock, Purpose Driven Motors, and the Shelby County Republican Party.