Our friendship with Dr. Bobby Jones (Dr. Tom Bibey) first brought us to Shelby, NC but the friends we've made there and the town itself will keep us coming back for visits. Located near the southwestern edge of the North Carolina Piedmont region, Shelby is near the Smoky Mountains. It is the boyhood home of Earl Scruggs and well as of country singer/song writer Don Gibson. Within the next year or so, a museum dedicated to Earl Scruggs will be opened in the former Cleveland Country courthouse. Shelby has also become to permanent home of the American Legion baseball World Series. It's also the home of the beautiful Shelby Carrousel.
Tommy Forney, Amusement Supervisor for the Shelby Parks and Recreation Department, is also an old-time and bluegrass fiddler as well as a high school and college classmate of Dr. B. We had last seen Tommy at the memorial jam for Dr. B in August. He urged us to come to the Carrousel, so, on a brief stay in Shelby, we found our way to the Shelby City Park where the Carrousel and a miniature train are part of the elaborate park which also includes a large outdoor swimming pool and a golf course.