Christmas at Panther Creek saw a 19% increase in attendance over last year, Daviess County Parks and Recreation Director Ross Leigh. 3,059 cars drove through the Christmas light display, bringing in a total of $9,181.06.
“While it wasn’t our biggest year, I was pleasantly surprised with how much was collected considering the wet weather the few days before Christmas,” Leigh said. The highest attendance was in 2012. Attendance suffered in 2013 because Thanksgiving was a week later and the park was closed a few days for snow.
Christmas at Panther Creek is a fundraiser for the Daviess County Parks Department, which splits the proceeds with charities or organizations in the community who apply and are chosen by lottery draw. The organizations chosen this year were Kentucky State Police Professional Association District 16, Wing Avenue Baptist Church, Joe Ford Nature Center, Dream Riders of Kentucky, Inc., and Zion United Church of Christ. Each will receive a check for $970 at the January 22, 2015 Fiscal Court meeting.