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Midwest Charity To Kick Off Show with Ribbon Cutting

The Midwest Charity Horse Show and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in an increased effort to make the Springfield community more aware of the impact the equine industry has on Springfield will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-off the show’s 67th edition Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum in-gate. Guests include Springfield Mayor, Timothy Davlin; Illinois State Senator, Larry Bomke; Illinois State Representatives, Rich Brauer and Raymond Poe; Department of Agriculture Interim Director, Tom Jennings; SIU School of Medicine Foundation Director, Deborah Case; Illinois State Fair Manager, Amy Bliefnick; Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Tim Farley; and President of the American Hackney Horse Society, Judith Lowry.

The Midwest Charity Horse Show, one of the premiere Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horse and Hackney/Harness pony shows in the country, has over 600 horses and ponies, and to date is the largest horse show on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The show runs June 17-21 with performances daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Midwest is featuring many vendors selling everything from clothes, jewelry and art to horse equipment to tasty ice cream treats. Not only does Midwest provide Springfield an opportunity to see world champion-caliber horses and ponies strut their stuff but also officials estimate that the Midwest Charity Horse Show has the potential to bring $1.5 million to Springfield’s economy. The equine industry is not only highly beneficial to the city of Springfield but also to the state of Illinois contributing through the production of goods and services valued at $1.3 billion.

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