Perfect weather and a turnout which hit record levels for the annual Irish Days festival on Saturday, March 15. There was something for everybody to enjoy, from barbecue and games to Irish dancing, a parade, a fun run, and pub crawl.
A record 99 total entries participated in the 5K ShamWalk/Run Saturday morning, Nick Wiebelhaus and Lily Sabin finishing as the top male and female runners, while a quarter mile children’s run and 5K walk were also held. Prizes were handed out to the top finishers afterward. The event was organized by the Mile High Striders Club. See page 7 for more details.
The Irish Days parade had 27 total entries, so many that managing the participants on the street became an issue, and the parade route may be extended for next year as a result according to the Chamber of Commerce. Klamath Family Head Start of Lakeview received top honors in the parade, with Lake County Community Theater and Kintzley Kowgirls rounding out the top three.
The Southern Oregon School of Dance had wee leprechauns entertain the crowd with a recital, while event-goers feasted on barbecue, tamales, fry bread, and Girl Scout Cookies among other options.
The ever-popular Gaelic Games were rowdy as usual, with outhouse races, a potato peeling contest, and potato hockey held on E street. Pardue Construction won the outhouse races with their “Deuce Caboose,” and also garnered the sponsor Lake County Examiner’s “Best of Show” $50 award. The Eagle’s Lodge outhouse came in second. Bureau of Land Management defended their title in the potato peeling event, and the Rotary Club finished first in potato hockey.
After the adult games, judging took place for the homemade cooking contest at the Eagles Nest, followed by a pub crawl and pool tournament. The evening ended with a concert by local band Missing Identity at the Elks Lodge.