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Planning underway for 2013 Irish Days festival

February 27, 2013 by

Irish Days 2013 has been in the planning stages since late January, and progress is currently being made toward finalizing the schedule for this year’s festivities.

Parade entry forms and O’Buttons ($5) are both currently available at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, said Exec. Dir. Tallulah Chiono.

“I think it’s wonderful to be able to continue a tradition like this in our community,” Chiono said.

Action will commence on Friday, March 15, with the traditional Soroptimists’ corned beef and cabbage dinner and entertainment portion of the weekend, she said.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by entertainment in the form of traditional Irish dancing by students of the Southern Oregon School of Dance at 6 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. On the menu is the traditional portions of corned beef and cabbage, along with an option of tri-tip steak, bread, salad, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, potatoes and carrots.

A vegetarian plate option will feature all the aforementioned, minus the corned beef or tri-tip steak, Chiono said.

The presentation of the 2013 Irish Days Grand and Wee Leprechauns will take place during the evening, along with the Outhouse Race Calcutta, which is tentatively scheduled that night. John Flynn is on tap to serve as the MC for the evening, Chiono said.

Winners of the potato decorating contest, sponsored by Sterling Bank, will also be announced during the evening.

Action commences early on Saturday morning, with the ShamRun/Walk 5K event starting at 8:45 a.m. at Lakeview High School’s Steninger Track.

At 10 a.m., the Eagle’s Nest is on tap to host a slough of homemade goods contests, including those for jerky, chili, bread and cookies, while a Bloody Mary Bar will be available at the Eagle’s Lodge starting at that time.

Trade West Tile and Construction will hold prize drawings during the morning, as well.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the LHS track team, coordinated with Schwan’s, will have a fundraiser stationed in the South Valley Bank & Trust parking lot.

The Irish Days parade will begin at 11 a.m. in the downtown area, at which time the Eagle’s Lodge will also open an Irish baked potato bar.

Gaelic games in the form of potato hockey amongst the local service clubs and a potato peeling contest (pitting the local governmental agencies) will be held following the parade at 11:30 a.m. downtown.

Children’s games are slated for the courthouse lawn.

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