E’burg to host week of St. Patrick’s festivities

EMMETSBURG — The annual St. Patrick’s Day week-long celebration in Emmetsburg will feature locally crowned royalty, an annual Pops concert and traditional Irish fare.

The events begin today with the Jr. Miss and Miss Shamrock Pageants beginning at 3 p.m. in the Emmetsburg Community School auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is $5.

The events continue on Wednesday when the Come One Come All Tour featuring “The Protest” and “I Am Spartacus” perform a concert featuring Irish tunes and Christian rock. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Emmetsburg V.F.W. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

On Thursday all of the public is invited to the St. Patrick’s Association Headquarters office and Irish Gift Shop, 1001 Broadway St., to enjoy Irish coffee and cookies. The open house will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Later, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., an Irish Baked Potato Bar will be served at the Multipurpose Senior Center. Cost is $6 per plate.

Highlighting the evening will be the annual EHS Pops Concert at 7 p.m. in the Emmetsburg Community School Auditorium.

On Friday, St. Patrick’s Day itself will include a Chamber of Commerce coffee from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the St. Patrick’s Association Headquarters. Later, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a community fish fry will be done at the VFW Hall.

Then, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. the third annual bean bag tournament at the St. Pat’s Heated Tent at 10th and Broadway. Warm up begins at 5:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday will bring the most activities, beginning at 7 a.m. with the chili cook-off contest at St. Pat’s heated tent. If people aren’t cooking, they can participate in the O’Round Lock Scholarship Run at the Smith Wellness Center. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the run is sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College. Contact the Wellness Center for more details, (712) 852-5311.

Activities for children will be offered at the St. Pat’s Kid Zone from 9 a.m. to noon in Corrigan Hall. Admission is a freewill offering. Activities include: face painting, crafts, doughnut hole eating contest, a photo booth with props (guests should bring their own camera), a pedal tractor pull sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. Also, local artists Kira & Lauren Naig will draw free caricatures, sponsored by the Palo Alto County Art Foundation.

New this year, they will be holding a Langered Frolf Tournament (frisbee golf) and that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Harrison Park. There will be a rules meeting at 9:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Several local sponsors are making this tournament possible including Bauer Plumbing of Emmetsburg providing refreshments.

Beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the community can come and enjoy a cup of Irish coffee, learn about Emmetsburg’s history, Palo Alto County and the Celtic cousins family history at the Multipurpose Senior Center.

Irish Stew will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multipurpose Senior Center for a free will offering, and on the courthouse square at 11 a.m., Jeff Klatt, a chain saw artist, will be creating Irish themed carvings. Two of the carvings will be later auctioned at the event tent later at 6 p.m. A freewill donation will get people access to the Potato-Bar-A-Palooza from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. at the United Methodist Church.

Also at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public tasting of the chili cook-off will be held. Admission is $5 and includes samples, a commemorative mug and ballots for voting the best chili creations. Then at 1:30 p.m., the community’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin on Broadway and 16th Street then move north to Broadway and 8th Street.

Following the parade, beginning at 3 p.m., the eighth annual Social Gathering of the Clans will be held at the Emmetsburg Fire Department. Food and beverages will be available. At 3:30 p.m., a free screening of “The Wildlife” will be shown at the Riviera Theatre.

Stu Ryan O’Brien Band will be entertaining after the wood carving auction at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy the Irish music and beverage garden from 6 p.m. to10 p.m.

Events wind down on March 19 with a Rotary pancake breakfast served from 8 a.m. to noon at the V.F.W. Advanced tickets are $6 or they will be $7 at the door. Then after people have eaten, a trap shoot will be held at Sportsman’s Park from noon to 3 p.m. to end the celebration.