The inaugural “Lambert Pioneer Christmas” is set for December 3. In addition to breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the all-day event will include live demonstrations of heritage frontier trades, games and music, a petting zoo, and a community tree decorating opportunity.
The event will take place at Yellow Creek Park from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Families are asked to pre-register for the Children’s Outdoor Pioneer Ham/Biscuit Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8-10 a.m. Contact the Parks Office at 270-685-6142. The breakfast is provided by the Daughters of the American Revolution: General Evan Shelby Chapter.
Throughout the day, heritage frontier trades will be on display — including quilting, soap making, blacksmithing, wool penny crafts, and high wheel bicycle displays.
Additional activities include American Mountain Man programs, pioneer games, a petting zoo, and community tree decorating along with live Christmas music. A food truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch.
Families are invited to take holiday photos with the backdrop of the Pioneer Village, the Owensboro Wagon or the high wheel bicycles. The log cabins will be utilized for a self-guided Twilight Tour that runs from 4-6:30 p.m.
“One of the greatest legacies that Jim Lambert left the citizens of Daviess County is the historical component of this Pioneer Village with native log homes that existed throughout Daviess County,” said Parks Director Ross Leigh. “Interpreters will be present in each structure to detail the history of the family that lived in that cabin as well as to demonstrate what Christmas was like in the mid-19th century.”
Personal flash lights or battery-powered candles are recommended but no bright LED lights are allowed.
Yellow Creek Park is located at 5710 KY 144. The Jim Lambert Pioneer Village is located in the Nature Center of Yellow Creek Park adjacent to the Nature Trails. Just a short walk up the hill, across the iron bridge, visitors will see the Rosenwald School on the left.
You can continue following the gravel road to a one-room cabin referred to as the Small Cabin. Behind the Small Cabin is situated a two-room cabin referred to as the Large Cabin. Both cabins have porches with overhangs made for relaxing in the shade. Looking out to the right from the back porch of the Large Cabin is the Ward Pedley Sr. Forge, a complete working forge with hand crank bellows. To the left, built under shade trees, is the barn.