Nonprofits can apply for ‘Christmas at Panther Creek’ fundraiser; 5 will be chosen

September 9, 2021 | 12:10 am

Updated September 8, 2021 | 7:22 pm

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Daviess County nonprofit organizations are being encouraged to apply for a unique  fundraising opportunity. Five agencies will be selected at random for the “Christmas at Panther Creek” holiday light display. Collectively, these organizations will receive half of the total event proceeds.  

Daviess County Parks Director Ross Leigh said 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.

“This holiday light display has become a time-honored tradition in Daviess County, providing a  safe outing for families and a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations that were  impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ross said.  

Launched in 2003, “Christmas at Panther Creek” consists of a 1.15-mile lighted driving tour with more than 50 displays and 700,000 lights.  

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

September 9, 2021 | 12:10 am

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