One of the biggest events in Dublin — the Irish Capital of Texas — is kicking off Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, and will be an exciting couple of days filled with St. Patrick’s Day events.

The event will include the Shamrock Shuffle 5K, parade, tours, food, vendors, a dog show, car show and some special activities in downtown and the Dublin Municipal Airport.

“Everything that’s happening at the airport is new and there will be fly-overs during the parade (10 a.m. Saturday) and instead of having traditional vendors, we’re doing the handmade and homegrown farmers market,” said Dublin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Schexnider. “We’re also going to have a dog show this year and the Christian Women’s Job Corps is helping coordinate the entertainment, which will include music.”

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal will be Texas Tech Masked Rider and Dublin native Laurie Tolboom.

Those interested in being a part of the parade — which will begin at Dublin Memorial Stadium — can sign up through the day of the event.

For more information contact Rhonda Williams at 254-445-3331 or email her at rgwilliams09@gmail.com.

“We are also celebrating Armstrong Motors with a car show,” Schexnider said. “Rodney Armstrong passed away in 2016 and his widow and children are putting together this wonderful 100th anniversary in honor of him and Armstrong Motors.”

The car show will take place from noon-2 p.m. Saturday during the activities.

Hot dogs and Dublin Bottling Works drinks will be served free to those attending sponsored by First National Bank, the Chamber of Commerce and Armstrong.

The event will feature many fun activities for children as well.

“What I’m loving more and more about this is that the non-profit and things that are just a part of Dublin are starting to work their activities into this event,” Schexnider said. “The library will be doing all kinds of outside games and scientific activities for kids to promote their Summer Reading Program and you can make donations or just bring your kids to enjoy the day.”

The Dublin Ambassador pageants will take place Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9, at the old junior high auditorium located at 407 N. Camden. The 2018 Little Miss Dublin, Junior Miss Dublin and Miss Dublin Ambassador will all be crowned.

“We are having it earlier this year because of spring break. That way if they want to relax, they can, and they’re not having to do all this,” Schexnider said. "Our theme this year is ‘Sparkle’ because we leave a little sparkle every where we go.”

For more information about St. Patrick’s Day events call 254-445-3422 or email dublintxchamber@embarqmail.com.