Watch: Owensboro holds Blue Bridge virtual lighting event

Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 10:17 PM CST
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The city of Owensboro illuminated the Blue Bridge Friday night.

Click here to watch it.

What some consider to be Owensboro’s front door is now lit up like never before.

For one family, the pageantry is personal.

Two young men, Benji and Davey Edds, were a big part of a transformational city project that was years in the making.

They were able to click the button on an iPad that lit up the iconic blue bridge with several colors.

Their dad is the late Dave Edds, a former tourism commission employee, who died nearly a year ago.

His wife Sandy says he was passionate about his native city of Owensboro, but in particular the blue bridge and the vision he had for lighting it up after it went dark seven years ago.

“He always said we have this beautiful waterfront, beautiful Smothers Park, but we’ve turned off the front porch light. He was passionate about getting it relit. We called it daddy’s bridge because he spearheaded the project to get it lit in the first place. So he’s smiling down right now,” said Sandy.

Mayor Tom Watson knew just how memorable this moment would be for his family.

“Edds rallied to end the darkness and look forward to the day when Owensboro’s porch lights would once again illuminate downtown,” said Mayor Tom Watson.

He declared November 6 in his honor - a day that will stick with his son for years to come.

This has been years in the making with plenty of hurdles, including funding.

Officials say the cost came in just under $2 million.

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