The City of Owensboro's Department of Parks & Recreation and Public Works Department is inviting the public to attend the city's 35th annual "Holiday in the Park" event in Legion Park from Nov. 25, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021.
As of Nov. 25, those attending the event will be able to enjoy more than 50 structures and over 200,000 Christmas bulbs while walking through the park with family and friends.
The event will also display dancing trees, toys, and Santa's sleigh, free of charge.
Legion Park is located at 3047 Legion Park Dr, Owensboro, KY 42303.
Holiday in the Park began in 1986. At the time, Parks Director, Cyndi Sturgeon and Bill Jackson, Facilities Manager, had a vision of Christmas Structures in the Park. Cyndi and Bill gathered pictures of different wooden structures and created a catalog with the desired structures she wanted in the parks, going around to local businesses in Owensboro to get sponsorships for them.
Cyndi met with Army Armstrong who built the structures after the sponsorships were received, with new structures being added each year. The city provided the lights, and the structures were sold to schools and companies to be placed in the park.
In January 2000, a tornado swept through Owensboro causing severe damage to many of the structures in the park. While some of them were salvaged, others were not. This began the process of purchasing lighted displays to be placed around the park.