It’s time to have a wee bit o’ fun as Heppner rolls out the green carpet for its annual St. Patrick’s weekend.
The Wee Bit O’ Ireland celebration kicks off Thursday (7 p.m.) with Father Gerry Condon’s drama performance. It takes place at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Heppner.
Shamrock Central gets started Friday with a vendor’s square, the Friends of the Library book sale and a creative arts and crafts show. And, Friday evening revs up from 8 p.m. to midnight with Murray’s Irish Beer and Wine Fest at the Morrow County Fairgrounds. The electrifying live DJ show includes music, lights and fog with Dan Burns 3D Productions. There is a $5 cover charge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The 37th annual celebration crescendos Saturday with the Irish Coffee Hour (10-11:30 a.m.) with music and blarney. Other activities incldue a corn-hole tournament, Welly Toss, Cruz-In, Gold Nugget Treasure Hunt and St. Pat’s Polar Plunge. For some exciting competitions, catch the Leprechaun Run, the Bed Race, O’Planky Team Relay Race or the O’Ducky Race.
Kids won’t want to miss the Great Green Parade, which rolls through downtown at 1 p.m. Also, the Bouncin’ Leprechaun Fun Zone runs from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the elementary school gym.
Saturday offers a variety of musical experiences: Ceili (2-4 p.m.), talent show (6-7:20 p.m.) Blue Mountain Old-Time Fiddlers (6:30 p.m.) and Tiller’s Folly (7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Food will be o’plenty throughout the weekend, including the St. Patrick’s Altar Society Irish Dinner (Friday, 4-7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Hall), Saturday O’Brunch (8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Patrick’s Senior Center), the Elks Irish Buffet Dinner (Saturday, 6-8 p.m., Elks Lodge) and the Wee Hours O’Benefit Breakfast (Saturday at 9 p.m. to Sunday at 3 a.m., Old Fire Hall).
The Vendors Square closes out Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by Road Bowling at 1 p.m. at Balm Fork Road.
For more information, including a schedule, visit www.heppnerchamber.com. For questions, call 541-676-5536.