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    fourth Quarter 2015

    Holiday Forest

    OMFA Festival of Trees returns for 39th yearBicenTenniAl

    celeBrATiOnsA look at end-of-the-year events

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    Bicentennial Celebrationdaviess Countys bicentennial wraps up dec. 54

    Dalishas DessertsBakery dream keeps growing for one local woman

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  • On Dec. 5, Daviess Coun-tys bicentennial celebra-tions will come to a close during Owensboros annual Downtown Holiday Stroll.

    The bicentennial, which officially kicked off May 30, celebrated the countys 200th birthday with almost a full year of events, and now, as the end of the year

    nears, the people closest to the bicentennial celebra-tions reflect on the countys milestone.

    Aloma Williams Dew, who co-chairs the bicentennial celebration with her hus-band Lee, said they felt 200 years was worthy of a big bicentennial birthday bash, thus a year filled with activi-ties.

    In May, the official birth-

    day celebration was held at the courthouse with a spe-cial dedication of a public art sculpture called Home-town.

    The sculpture faces Sec-ond Street and is directly across from the Riverfront Crossing entrance. The life-size sculpture depicts a young couple, seated on a limestone bench, reviewing blueprints for a home.

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  • Along with the community events and sculpture unveiling, the bicentennial committee also published the first history book of the rural areas of the county. The book covers the history of Daviess County from its earliest settle-ments up to 2015.

    The book is a topical history, rather than a chronological his-tory, meaning each chapter tells a specific part of Daviess Countys history. Each chapter was written by a different person. Twenty-one people contributed to the book.

    Also for sale during the bicen-tennial were Daviess County coins.

    The coins, about the size of a silver dollar, feature the William H. Natcher Bridge and a flatboat.

    The new bridge represents the present and future, David Zachary, vice president of South Central Bank and a member of the Daviess County Bicentennial Com-mittee, told the Messenger-Inquir-er earlier this year. The flatboat represents the past, and the river is flowing into the future.

    The coin features blue and brass colors.

    Only 700 of the coins which have no silver or gold were made. Two hundred of them are numbered one for each of the countys 200 years. The other 500 are not numbered.

    Karen Porter, marketing coordi-nator for the bicentennial, said the goal of the committee was to get as many people as possible in the

    county involved and aware of the bicentennial.

    Porter said Judge Al Mattingly has been a big supporter and the driving force behind it. She said Mattingly wanted everyone to be informed, to take part in the cel-ebrations and to realize they are all part of Daviess County.

    The final bicentennial event on Dec. 5 will include filling a time capsule with items representing Daviess County from the last 50 years. The time capsule will be dug up and opened in 2065.

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  • She added the Bicentennial Committee wanted to make inclu-siveness a central theme through-out all the events. The committee partnered with local groups to reach out to the entire community.

    My favorite part has been hear-ing the stories from all walks of life about their history in Daviess County, Porter said. My favorite event is hard to pin down, but I truly enjoyed the birthday bash on May 30 on the courthouse lawn and the memorabilia day the library produced. There were so many people at both events shar-ing in the birthday celebration.

    The library event brought his-torians, artists, storytellers, col-

    lectors and clubs from all around Daviess County to tell their stories and share history with others.

    Porter said looking toward the end of the year, there are several more events to come, such as upcoming book signings, Pioneer Days at Yellow Creek Park, the Farm Festival at Lampkin Farms, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Holiday Forest and much more.

    The final bicentennial event, on Dec. 5, will include filling a time capsule with items representing Daviess County from the last 50 years. The time capsule will be dug up and opened in 2065.

    There will also be the annual

    Holiday Stroll and a community sing-along on the courthouse lawn.

    I believe we all can grow from understanding the history of where we live, Porter said. It provides an opportunity to appreci-ate those that have gone before us and created what we are today. It provides an understanding of the importance of place, time and relationships within our commu-nity. I believe it will also create a sense of pride in our history and in our future. We all need to work together to create the best environ-ment for all our citizens. We are all connected, and I hope this helps to remind us of that.

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    lAMBert pIOneer VIllAGeYellow Creek Park, 5710 Kentucky 144

    There will be activities, food and hands-on experiences.

    OCt. 3-5VOICes OF elMwOOdElmwood Cemetery,

    1300 Old Hartford RoadThe portrayal of living history

    actors designed to honor the regions heritage and the lives of many people buried throughout Daviess County.

    OCt. 17-18reIds Apple FestIVAlReids Orchard,

    4818 Kentucky 144

    There will be craft booths, carnival rides, horse rides and more.

    NOv. 7VeterAns pArAde2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Owensboro RiverfrontA parade to honor the veterans of

    Daviess County.

    NOv. 1439th AnnuAl hOlIdAy

    FOrest FestIVAl OF treesOwensboro Museum of Fine Art,

    901 Frederica St.Admission to the Holiday Forest is

    $2 for adults and $1 for children. A special gala opening is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and admission to the gala is $50 per person. Reservations can be made at info@omfa.us.

    NOv. 21ChrIstMAs pArAde

    A Bicentennial Christmas from 4 to 8 p.m., downtown Owensboro

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    3 to 10 p.m., Daviess County Courthouse, 212 St. Ann St.

    The event will include speakers, costumed actors and more.

    hOlIdAy strOll And BICentennIAl ClOsInG CereMOny

    4 to 9 p.m., downtown Owensboro

    The closing ceremony will include the time capsule re-burying ceremony on the Daviess County Courthouse lawn with community caroling around the bicentennial Christmas tree.


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