It’s going to be a big Saturday in Dublin with the Irish Stampede, Dairy Month Celebration, Tour de Agua and Rodeo Heritage Museum benefit all taking place.

"The second weekend of June is a wonderful time to visit Dublin, the Irish Capital of Texas," said Dublin Chamber of Commerce executive director Luanne Schexnider. "All the events and activities appeal to all ages and are extremely family friendly. Make Dublin your destination for family fun this weekend and throughout the summer."

The 17th annual Dublin Irish Stampede, sponsored by the Dublin Lions Club, will start at 7:30 a.m. at the public library featuring a 2K, 5K and 10K, and prizes for top participants.

Cost is $30 for the 5K and 10K and $20 for the 2K. Proceeds benefit the the Lions Club.

“So far we have a great turnout with the early sign up, so we’re excited about that,” said Lions Club member and local business owner Steve Hightower. “Last year we raised between $6,000 and $7,000 and that goes toward the things we do in the club. We buy eyeglasses for school children and pay for eye tests for young students in Dublin and Lingleville. We send handicapped kids to a camp every year in Kerrville. The ones that go always seem to have a good time and want to go back. We’ve also donated to the local library here several times. We have a lot of local causes.”

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If you’re not a fan of running, but love to bike, register for the seventh annual Tour de Agua cycling fundraiser kicking off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Dublin Bottling Works.

Cyclists can choose from 25, 41 and 66 miles for $45 or 10 miles for $35 and the proceeds will benefit Kids Across Cultures’ clean water projects for children and families all around the world.

“Riders will enjoy free breakfast burritos, beautiful scenery, friendly rest stops and all the Dublin Bottling Works soda they can drink,” said Brandynn Stanford with KAC.

There will also be a Clean Water Kids Bike Ride for children that will take place from 9-11 a.m., which will include a wristband for bounce houses and a barbecue lunch.

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If you haven’t had the pleasure of making a visit to the Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum, tours will be available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday when the museum holds its annual benefit.

The Rodeo Heritage Museum preserves the Everett Colborn and Gene Autry “World’s Championship Rodeo Company 1937-1959” that was headquartered at the Lightning C Ranch in Dublin.

“I love this because it recognizes people who have lived in the history and what they’ve done, and that’s why I love the museum itself; it’s recording history, it’s recording our roots in Erath County,” said Carolyn Harbin.

Ceremonies are set for 2 p.m. following the tours and will feature a branding iron ceremony ($50 donation), the unveiling of the honoree wall, a book signing by author and saddle maker Nick Pernokas, rededication of two historical markers and christening of the famous Rodeo Train Wall.

For more information contact Carolyn at 254-445-0200 or 254-434-3675.