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St. Patrick’s Shamrock Festival is Saturday

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Saturday morning at 8 a.m. will mark the beginning of a fun and exciting day at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as parishioners host their annual Shamrock Festival.

This is a festival anticipated by many in our community because of the numerous bargains to be found and the fun opportunities to visit with friends.

A huge tent will be erected behind the church parking lot, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., that will serve as a canopy over a morning yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon. Then, later that day, at 6 p.m., it will be transformed into the venue for a wonderful homemade lasagna dinner. The day will be chock full of activities and great sales events. Best of all, the proceeds will be used completely for community outreach projects.

The Shamrock Festival Schedule includes:

• 8 a.m.–noon: Yard sale under the giant tent behind the church; Book Nook used book sale in church library. (paperbacks 25 cents, hardbacks $1); raffle ticket sales.

• 4–6 p.m.: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (wine/beer and soft drinks, along with delicious goodies).

• 4:30 p.m.: Silent auction opens.

• 6 p.m.: Lasagna dinner (vegetarian included) under the tent (tickets $20); drawing for homemade quilt and matching pillows and for the handmade fly fishing rod/reel and guided fishing trip package.

The Shamrock Festival silent auction is always a greatly anticipated event because the offerings are so amazing. This year’s auction is no exception. Among the items up for bid are original paintings by local artist and St. Patrick’s parishioner Jeanine Malaney. Also in the mix is a Poulan yard tractor (42-inch cut; 14.5 hp) for those who are tired of pushing their mowers over the rocky terrain. In addition, there are timeshares with usage available for locations around the world, mixed baskets of goodies, a Pendleton blanket, jewelry, wine cooler, a week at a home in Tucson, and much more.

“This festival is a long time tradition of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of the parish. “Our whole parish gets in on the act and works very hard to make the day both fun and profitable. All the proceeds are used to benefit those in our own community, so it really is a win/win. People go away with some wonderful items and the church is able to help those in Archuleta County who so desperately need our aid.”

Everyone is invited to attend all of the activities. The tickets ($20) for the meal under the tent should be bought in advance at the church office but can be purchased the day of the festival if any remain. Quilt raffle tickets are sold individually for $1, six for $5, or in packets of 12 tickets for only $10. They are available at the church and during the yard sale while tickets last.

There are only 300 tickets being sold ($20 each) for the handmade R.L. Winston 4 wt./4 pc. flyrod and case, a Lamson Konic reel, along with fly fishing gear and supplies, topped off by a guided fishing expedition to choice waters. There are only a few tickets left, but any remaining ones can be purchased Saturday morning at the yard sale.

Don’t miss the fun at St. Patrick’s annual Shamrock Festival at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, call 731-5801.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.