Reeves Lane, Edison’s mayor and chair of the Edison King Cotton Horse Show, rides his horse “Smooth Like JFK.”
EDISON, Ga. -- The event that has arguably the largest positive impact on the economy of this small community is scheduled for this weekend.
The 45th annual Billie Lane King Cotton Horse Show is set to take place at the Lions Club Horse Show Grounds on Redding Street this Saturday.
The show, which starts at 3 p.m., will feature 46 classes of horses including walking, racking and pleasure.
Edison Mayor Reeves Lane, the son of the show's late namesake, also chairs the event.
"We are looking for a big crowd," he said. "We think it will be a big show."
Ten thousand dollars in prize money is up for grabs. Judging, as well as ribbon and trophy distribution, will take place as each class competes, with the championship class competing at the end.
"We have some of the best horses in the country," Lane said. "Some go on to be world champs."
A parade through downtown Edison is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Food vendors will be on hand during the course of the show, which officials say should go into the evening hours.
A 30-minute break is scheduled at around 6 p.m., after which the show will continue until 10 p.m. More than 170 entries were part of last year's show, which is generally attended by 800-1,000 people from as far away as Texas.
Attendees typically come from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee as well as Georgia, Lane said.
As mayor of the city and the chair of the event, Lane said he is encouraged by how effectively the event has put Edison on the map.
"It's a big day for the community," he said. "The community gets really involved. It brings a lot of out-of-town people in. There were a lot of folks who didn't know where Edison was until the horse show."
The mayor also said he feels confident that his father would be happy with how the show has grown.
"He would be well-pleased that it has continued," Lane said. "There are a lot of other towns that used to have them (horse shows) that no longer do."
The show is sponsored by the Edison Lions Club. It originally began in the 1930s and was successful enough to influence the Edison and Albany clubs to join together to bring the event to Albany.
The onset of World War II halted the show for a considerable period before it was restarted in 1967, and it has been in Edison ever since.