Five weeks to St. Paddy’s Day


By Pam Reinig, Register Editor


A true harbinger of spring—Elkader’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration—is just five weeks away. Event organizer Jean Marie Hall, who is heading the celebration for the third year, has already started planning for the day, and this year she’s making it about more than just the parade. With the support of the new Elkader Library Director, Lisa Wilke Pope, Hall has scheduled a number of activities in the library. There will be a coloring contest as well as the usual Reddest Hair and Most Freckles competitions. New this year is a limerick-writing exercise.

“The sixth and seventh graders at Central will learn the history of limericks and also the technique behind writing one,” Hall explained. “A selection of work will be submitted to the library, and (Pope) will judge them.”

All of the limericks submitted for judging will also be printed in the Clayton County Register.

Hall hopes to add a musical flair to the annual parade with bagpipers. She’s made some initial inquiries and though nothing has panned out yet, she’s still hoping to find a bagpiper as well as veterans to march in the event.

The parade will be Monday, March 17, and it will follow the usual route: Line-up on Main Street near Peace Church and march through town. All area residents are invited to be in the parade.

“People with Irish roots are encouraged to have a family entry,” said Hall. “Clubs, scout troops and any other organization can also have an entry, fancy or plain. The main thing is to come out and enjoy the day, as a parade participant or spectator.”

The late Pat Finley and his close friend, Pat Keleher, launched Elkader’s annual celebration of all things Irish more than two decades ago.

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