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Applications Open for Owensboro's 'Christmas at Panther Creek' Light Display

Nonprofit organizations in the Owensboro area are being offered a chance to participate in the 'Christmas at Panther Creek' fundraising event in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Posted: Sep 8, 2021 11:48 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2021 12:01 PM

Non-profit organizations in Daviess County, Kentucky, are being encouraged to apply for a unique fundraising opportunity.

Five eligible applicants will be selected at random to participate in this year's "Christmas at Panther Creek" holiday light display. Collectively, those five organizations will receive half of the total event proceeds.

The annual event is held at Panther Creek Park in Owensboro around the holidays and consists of a 1.15 mile lighted driving tour with more than 50 displays and 700,000 lights.

Organizers say last year's display was a record-setter.

“2020 was a record year for ‘Christmas at Panther Creek,’ with just shy of 10,000 cars and nearly $50,000 collected at the gate,” said Parks Director Ross Leigh. “This holiday light display has become a time-honored tradition in Daviess County, providing a safe outing for families and a fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The event begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues throughout the holiday season encompassing Christmas and New Year’s.

The $5 vehicle admission is collected by the nonprofit organizations, who supply volunteers for one week during the display.

To apply for this fundraising opportunity, agencies should submit an application to Daviess County Parks & Recreation with supporting documentation. A checklist and collection guidelines can be found at

For questions, call 270-685-6142 or email

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