St. Pat’s starts March 14
This week will have Dubliners and guests seeing green as the annual St. Patrick’s festivities begin March 14 with the Little Miss Dublin Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Dublin Intermediate Cafeteria.
After the youngest winner is crowned, Jr. Miss and Miss Dublin will be picked Friday night in a program starting at 7 p.m. at the Intermediate school.
The Dublin Senior Citizens Center will have a rocking program of their own from 7 to 9 p.m. as Mattressville sponsors Kelby Hodges and the Moonlight Bandits in a St. Pat’s Kick-Off Dance. Entry will be $5 per person, with all proceeds going to benefit the center’s upkeep. Refreshments will also be available to purchase.
These Friday night events will lead into a whole weekend of St. Patrick’s fun.
Saturday events start bright and early with the return of the third annual Shamrock Shuffle, sponsored by Titan Fitness. Race day registration is from 6 to 6:45 a.m. for the event. Runners will depart the Dublin Public Library at 7:30 a.m.
At around the same time, special guests will be arriving in Dublin by air as gyrocopter pilots and female pilots with the historic Ninety Nines group land at Dublin Airport and check out the town in aerial tours. Those pilots are expected to stick around to show off their aircrafts and talk about flight. Guests may also get a chance to see Dublin via the air later on and get some homemade treats from the on-site taco truck.
The Dublin Farmers Market will open at 8 a.m. in the Wright Park across from the Dublin Public Library, offering homemade goods and crafts.
As this opens up, a variety of vendors and activities will open up at four places — Wright Park, by the library, near the Rotary Building on Blackjack and by Dublin Bottling Works. The include fresh treats, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, Scottish dancers and a magician traveling around town. Dublin’s shops and museums will also open as the morning progresses, offering unique buys and even a full day of Irish music and folk tales at Things Celtic.
More fun can be had at the City Park, where a carnival featuring festive food and rides will be open.
The annual parade will be visible along Patrick Street at 10 a.m. The wide variety of vehicles, floats and horse riders will gather at the Memorial Stadium and travel west on Travis Street, heading downtown.
Some stylish speedsters will also be on display as the Porsche Club is hosting a car show that day. Vehicles will be in the parade and line up around the library afterwards.
Saturday’s festivities will also include live entertainment at two locations.
The Dublin Bottling Works park stage will feature the introduction of the 2019 Miss Dublin Court at 11:30 a.m., Kelby Hodges and the Moonlight Bandits Dance Band at noon, Dublin Line Dancers at 2:15 p.m. and costume contest for people and pooches at 3 p.m.
The Wright Park pavilion will feature Celtic music by Melanie Gruben at 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Dublin Line Dancers at 12:15 p.m. and Sweet Memories Barbershop Quartet at 12:45 p.m.
More fun will be on tap Sunday with the kids activities and carnival opening a second day while Dublin Bottling Works hosts several events: Melanie Gruben will perform at Old Doc’s Soda Shop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Another costume contest for people and pooches will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the DBW park stage. From 2 to 5 p.m., guests can check out some vintage vehicles as D&D Rockin’ Rods will return for their annual car show sponsored by Dairy Queen on Elm Street.
(See this week’s special section for more information on the week’s events.)