Besides being known as "Celebration City", Shelbyville, Tennessee is also known as "Pencil City". Many cedar trees dot the countryside and are the perfect choice for making a pencil. By the 1950s, when Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington declared Shelbyville "Pencil City, U.S.A.," there were half a dozen pencil factories in or near that part of Bedford County. One of the largest, The Musgrave Pencil Company sponsored a challenge trophy as the Celebration for many years.
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