Pioneer Fair Raffle

1The Shelby County Historical Society is currently selling tickets for this year’s raffle items, which include a handmade wooden bookcase and a limited edition statue of Little Balsar holding the bears, Tom and Jerry, from Charles Major’s “Bears of Blue River.”

The bookcase, which was made from solid oak by Kim Wolsiefer, is 46 by 17 inches, and has six shelves.

“(The bookcase) is large enough to hold a significant amount of items, yet small enough to put nearly anywhere,” Barbie McNeely, a SCHS board member, said. “It’s also beautiful enough to display items on; it’s very high quality.”

The model statue, which was produced from a now-destroyed mold, mirrors the 1929 bronze statue, which once sat in front of Charles Major Elementary School, and now sits on Public Square.

This ceramic model statue celebrates the work done by Mary Elizabeth (Stout) Hart, who was paid a $2,000 commission to design the original statue, as well as the year the museum was established.

The statue is 15 inches, and was made by Bette and Bob Moore in 1981, of Arrowhead Ceramics, as part of the museum’s opening, which took place later that year.

An early edition of the book “The Bears of Blue River” is included along with the model statue.

Ticket cost is one dollar for one or are $5 for six,  and can be purchased at Grover Museum, 52 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, as well as at the Blue River Valley Pioneer Fair, which takes place Sept. 17 and 18 out at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 500 Frank St., Shelbyville.

Drawing for the two items will take place during the society’s fall dinner meeting.

For more information, visit the Grover Museum Facebook page

.Balsar and "Bears of Blue River" Bookshelf