Founders' Day





Wesbanco partners with The City of Elizabethtown and Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau to present Founders’ Day 2017 July 4th at Freeman Lake Park 5-10 pm. This year’s line-up will include the United States Army Parachute Team: Golden Knights and the Owensboro Orchestra: 2nd Street Band.

The Golden Knights were scheduled to perform for the 2016 event; however, due to rain the event was canceled and rescheduled for 2017. This will also be the first year the Owensboro Orchestra will be performing in Elizabethtown. Wesbanco (formerly known as Your Community Bank) has once again stepped up as the primary sponsor for the second year in a row.


"The Founders’ Day 4th of July celebration is quickly becoming a community tradition for Elizabethtown," said Ken Dozer, City President, for WesBanco Bank. "It was Mayor, Tim Walker’s dream to have an event that was designed specifically with the citizens of Elizabethtown in mind, where families and friends could come together and celebrate the foundation of this city. At WesBanco Bank, we take great pride in being involved in our community and this sponsorship is another example of our employees coming together to support our community."



5:00 pm: Parking, vendors, kid’s activities ($5 per child for all day play) open

6:00 pm: 6th annual Shoney’s Pie Eating contest (free to enter)

7:30 pm: Wesbanco presents The Golden Knights Parachute Team (land in front of the Ernie Williams pavilion)

8:00 pm (approximately): Tethered balloon rides begin, $10 per adult, $5 per child 12 and under 8:30 pm: Owensboro Orchestra: 2nd Street Band will perform on bandstand


Dark: Wesbanco Fireworks show

The event is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and their families out for a fun evening at the Park. Food vendors will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, barbeque, ice cream, funnel cakes, and more. There will also be

commercial vendors on-site. Sweet Pea the Clown and Markey will have bubbles for the kids that are larger than life. Free chalk will be available on the pavement that is closed to car traffic for children to draw during the event as well.


Founders’ Day 2017 is sponsored by Wesbanco, Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, City of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Flying Service, Swope Family of Dealerships, and Shoney’s.



About the Golden Knights

For over fifty-seven years members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team have been marking the milestones of achievement and an evolution of excellence serving as “Ambassadors” of the Army’s only official Demonstration team. The Golden Knights portray the image of being the most formidable parachuting competitors and demonstrators in the world today.

If you mention the name “Golden Knights” to someone today in any of the fifty states, most likely what comes to mind is a phenomenal demonstration they watched in past years at an air show or sporting event. But if you mention it to a sport parachutist, they will most probably think of the competitors they jumped against or heard about in parachute meets across the country or abroad.

The Golden Knights have performed more than 17,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching more than 20,000 people per show. Through demonstrations and public speaking with the Army’s target audience at air shows, schools, sporting events and hospitals, the team is able to direct potential applicants to the on-site Army Recruiters.

The eighty-two men and women who make up the Golden Knights are separated into nine sections –The Black and Gold demonstration teams, a tandem team, four competition teams, an aviation detachment and the headquarters section.


About the Owensboro Orchestra

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd St Big Band is a 20-piece ensemble of musicians from the Western Kentucky/Southern Indiana area that have been performing in the region since 2007. The group started out as a traditional big jazz band. However, the show has been completely revamped to include multiple vocalists and now include modern/current songs along with the typical big band music as well. The group will play everything from Louis Armstrong to Bruno Mars and will also include several patriotic numbers to celebrate Independence Day.


Contact: Sarah Vaughn 
Tel: (270)765-6121 June 7, 2016