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Full Slate of Activites Set For St. Pat’s Celebration
March 13, 2018

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It's been 51 weeks in the making, but the time has arrived for the 58th Annual St. Patricks' Celebration in Emmetsburg. The annual gathering of the Irish and those who wish they were Irish is this weekend and a full slate of activities await one and all.

The 2018 edition of St. Pat's began Sunday afternoon with the crowning of Miss Shamrock and the Junior Miss Shamrock royalty. The celebration continues this Thursday with the annual Open House at the St. Pat's Headquarters and Irish Gift Shop at 1001 Broadway from 3 to 5 p.m. Irish Dignitary Gerry Horkan, TD, will officially arrive in Emmetsburg and will be greeted at the Open House.

The Irish Baked Potato Bar Dinner will be served at the Multipurpose Center form 4:30 to 7 p.m and at 7 p.m. Thursday, the Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Department will host its' St. Pat's Talent Show in the high school Auditorium.

On Friday, March 16, the weekly Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee will be held at the St. Pat's Headquarters and Irish Gift shop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy Irish coffee and cookies.

Irish Dignitary Gerry Horkan will have a whirlwind day as he tours the community and also meets with school children and attends a noon luncheon at Iowa Lakes Community College. The remainder of the day, The Lenten Fish Fry will take place as usual on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the VFW and from 5:30 to 10 p.m., the Fourth Annual St. Pat's Bean Bag Tournament will take place in the tent at 10th and Broadway. A new event will get underway at 5:00 p.m. at the Emmetsburg High School with the Lady E-Hawk Basketball Alumni Recognition Fundraiser and Alumni basketball game.

The St. Pat's Headquarters and Irish Gift shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for the celebration.

Saturday's Events

Saturday will start out at 7 a.m. with the St. Pat's Chili Cook-Off in the St. Pat's heated tent at 10th and Broadway. The event will run through the morning, as teams start preparing their ingredients at 7 a.m.

Judging of the chili entries will take place at 11 a.m. and public tasting will also begin at 11 a.m. and continue as long as supplies last. There is a fee for the public tasting, which will include a commemorative mug.

The traditional O'Round the Loch Scholarship Runs, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the start of the Half Marathon, to be followed by the 10K Run at 8:40 a.m. and the 5K run starting at 9 a.m. The 1.7 mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9:10 a.m. with all events starting and finishing at the Smith Wellness Center at Iowa Lakes Community College. Awards for the events will take place at the conclusion of each race in the gym at the Smith Wellness Center.

Entries are still being accepted and can be made the morning of the event at the Wellness Center prior to the start of the runs.

At 9 a.m., the St. Pat's Kids Zone event will take place at Corrigan Hall. The event will feature activities for kids, including face painting, crafts, a photo booth complete with props, just bring your own camera.

The popular youth Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, will return to the Kids Zone event this year. Charicatures created free by local artist Lauren Naig will once again be provided through the sponsorship of the Palo Alto County Arts Foundation.

Returning to St. Pat's will be the Langered Frolf Tournament at Harrison Park. The St. Pat's version of Disc Golf will start at 9:30 ?a.m. and run through 11:30 a.m., with a rules meeting at 9:15 a.m. at Harrison Park.

It wouldn't be St. Pat's without Irish Stew, and the annual Irish Stew lunch will be offered at the Senior Center from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free-will offering.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Multipurpose Center will host an opportunity for attendees to study their local history and Celtic Cousins' History and enjoy a cup of Irish coffee as well.

At 11 a.m., the First United Methodist Church will offer a Potato Bar-A-Palooza, with serving continuing until 1 p.m. for a free-will offering.

Also starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, chain saw sculptor-artist Jeff Klatt will fire up his tools of the trade to carve on the lawn at the Emmetsburg Fire Hall. Klatt will create two wood sculptures, with the completed sculptures to be auctioned off at 6 p.m. at the St. Pat's Event Tent on 10th Street.

1:30 p.m. will bring the 58th edition of the Famous St. Patrick's Day Parade up Broadway. The parade will start on south Broadway at 16th Street and will proceed north towards Five Island Lake. The parade promises to be filled with a variety of entries, including several Shrine units, as well as the Emmetsburg Middle School and High School Bands, which will combine forces to march in the parade to continue a long-standing tradition.

Following the parade, the Social Gathering of the Clans will get underway at 3 p.m. at the Fire Hall. At 3:30 p.m., a free kids movie downtown at the Riviera Theater, "A?Dog's Purpose", will be shown.

The auction of Jeff Klatt's chain saw sculptures will take place at 6 p.m. at the Event Tent and immediately following will be a performance by the Scott Larson and Keifer Brandt Band in the St. Pat's Beverage Garden, located in the heated tent on 10th Street, where they will perform in the tent from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday to close out the day's events.

On Sunday, the Emmetsburg Rotary Club will sponsor its annual scholarship Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the VFW.

The official activities will wrap up Sunday afternoon with the St. Pat's Trap Shoot at Sportsman's Park north of Cylinder. Shooting will take place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Don Bruch at 712-852-3240.

"The weather forecast looks to be very good for St. Pat's and we hope everyone will let their Irish come out this weekend and join us," noted St. Pat's Co-Chair Steph Mehan.

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