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Irish Days kicks off Friday

What better way to kick off Lakeview’s annual celebration of Irish heritage than by a hot and traditional meal?

It’s been said that the surest way to pack ‘em in is to ensure a hearty supply of food, and that’s exactly what’s on tap at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Friday, March 15. Soroptimists of Lakeview will once again host their traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, starting with a social hour at 5:30 p.m.

On the menu is beef tri-tip, corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes, salad, macaroni and cheese, applesauce and bread. Homemade cookies will also be available for sale. Vegetarian plates will also be available for $10.

Pre-sale dinner tickets are available for $13 for adults and teens and $35 for a family. Children ages 6 to 12 are $6 while kids 5 and under are admitted free. At the door, adults and teens are $15, and kids six to 12 are $6, while kids 5 and under are free. The family package is only available as pre-sale purchase.

Dinner tickets are available at Arrow Realty, Back Yard Floral, Lake County Chamber, Details Salon, Golden Gem, Niche Boutique and Shear Experience.

Entertainment in the form of Irish dancing by students with the Southern Oregon School of Dance will start at 6 p.m., while dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. During the course of the evening, the formal presentation of the Grand and Wee Leprechauns will be held, along with a Calcutta for the Outback Outhouse race teams. The winners of the potato carving contest will also be announced at this time.

Action starts early on the morning of Saturday, March 16, with the Shamrun/Walk event, a 5K running and walking event that starts at Lakeview High School’s Steninger Track at 8:45 a.m.

In the downtown area, the Eagles Nest will host a Homemade Contest for jerky, chili, bread and cookies starting at 10 a.m., with judging at noon and winners announced at 2 p.m. (winners must be present) while the Eagles Lodge will have a Bloody Mary bar, priced at $5.50. Trade West Tile and Construction will feature an O’Button-based drawing during the day for a variety of prizes.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Schwan’s will host a fundraiser for the Lakeview High School track team in the South Valley Bank & Trust parking lot.

A major highlight of the festival, the Irish Days parade, will start at 11 a.m., circling the downtown district. The Eagles Lodge’s Irish Baked Potato Bar, priced at $5, will start at that time, as well.

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