The city of Dublin and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce are working hard to get ready for this year's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration slated for this weekend.
"There will be a number of new events added to the celebration this year, as well as some change in the location of the events," said Luanne Schexnider, executive director of the Chamber. "No longer will everyone have to drive out to the city park to celebrate this event. This year all vendors and shows will be downtown immediately following the parade."
The celebrations will begin Thursday with the Little Miss Dublin Pageant and carnival. The fun will continue Friday with the Junior Miss and Miss Dublin Pageant, carnival, museum crawl, art and quilt exhibit and a wine, cheese nuts and baked goods sampling.
On Saturday, the Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Leprechaun Leap will kick off the day-long celebration at 8 a.m. The Peace, Love and Dublin parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will run down Patrick Street in downtown Dublin, which will feature the winners of the pageant and much more.
Throughout the day, downtown activities will include entertainment, dancers and a dog show at Wright Historical Park; a costume contest, games and entertainment at The Corner Lob gazebo; a gunfight at Celebration Park adjacent to the bottling company and car shows throughout downtown. All five museums will be open and the art and quilt exhibit will continue. Arts, crafts and food vendors will be scattered throughout downtown and in the Rotary Building. Carriage rides are available starting at Celebration Park.
Meanwhile, activities in the city park include the carnival, a vintage baseball challenge and the Cowboy Capital Roller Derby Girls. An Airstream open house will be nearby at the First United Methodist Church parking lot.
Rodeo events include a colt futurity, mutton bustin' and the Bulls and Broncs Shootout at the city park arena.