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Celebrate With The Irish

By Staff | Mar 13, 2008

Get ready for the wearin’ of the green. It’s time for the St. Patrick’s Celebration in Emmetsburg.

The festivities have already begun. Miss Shamrock April Gunderson is wearing her crown. Little Miss Shamrock Anna Brennan, Little Lassie Natalie Ruiz and Irish Miss Paige Naig were also crowned last Sunday.

Today is the Open House at St. Pat’s Headquarters, located at the corner of 10th and Broadway. Stop by to sip a bit of Irish coffee between 1 and 4 p.m. Irish guests David Stanton, T.D., and his wife, Mary, and John O’Leary, Parade Grand Marshall, will be there to greet guests.

Everything is Irish in Emmetsburg during the week-long celebration. So, get in the swing of things and learn the language and the dance.

Learn to dance the Irish way. Lessons are being given at the Middle School Auditorium on Friday afternoon. Call St. Pat’s Headquarters for information 852-4326. Saturday morning, learn to speak Gaelic. Lessons begin at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center, sponsored by the Palo Alto Arts Council. There is no cost for the language lessons.

The Stantons will be guests of honor at a reception Friday afternoon at the Heritage Center. The public is invited to stop by and greet the Irish dignitaries between 2 and 4 p.m. Miss Shamrock and the Junior Miss will perform during the afternoon.

The Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Department will present its annual St. Patrick’s Day Student and Alumni Talent Show this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium. This year the show features performances by the EHS Show Choirs, “High Voltage” and “Black and Gold,” EHS Jazz Band, the Emmetsburg Middle School Show Choir, and the Irish Dancers. There will also be solo and ensemble talent from the area. The public is invited to attend.

The evening continues with the Ceili Fun Night at the VFW Hall. The Friday night of singing and dance begins at 8 p.m. The public is invited.

Celebrate with care and don’t drive while celebrating. Free transportation is being provided in Emmetsburg, sponsored by Wild Rose Casino & Resort. Call 800-358-5037 for free transportation Friday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Pick up and drop off within the city.

Saturday begins bright and early with the O’Round the Loch Scholarship Run, sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College.

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, 4-Hitch Horse Wagon Rides, Face Painting, the Amazing Magic Show and Inflatables are for the younger crowd.

The pre-parade begins at 1 p.m. and the Famous St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Broadway will be lined with spectators to enjoy this annual spectacular.

The Robert Emmet Reception begins at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center, sponsored by the Robert Emmet Society.

“Journey Unauthorized” will be performing at Wild Rose Casino & Resort Saturday night. The show is at 7 p.m..

The weekend winds down with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast at the VFW on Sunday. Irish Mass is at Holy Family Church. There is a Trap Shoot at Sportsman’s Park. Silly Sally’s Stage Show is at New Hope Community Chapel. The Banquet is the highlight of the weekend, Sunday at Iowa Lakes.