Irish Day parade forms now available

Lakeview’s 4H kids put together a float during last year’s Irish Day’s Parade. 

Irish Days is fast approaching and the Lake county Chamber of Commerce has parade forms available. 

This year’s theme is “Shake your Shamrocks” and participants can be on a float, motor vehicle, tractor, EMS, ATV or can walk or ride a bike. 

There will be parade awards given out at the end. 

Entries will be judged on creativity and uniqueness, workmanship and overall appearance, eye appeal and music. 

Lineup for the parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 in the town parking lot located on the corner of north E and 2nd streets. The parade will commence at noon. 

Entries are due back to the Chamber by Wednesday, March 13 at the close of business. Each float must fill out a form with information for the announcer. 

Irish Days will see some changes as Chamber Dir. Jessica Bogardus said it’s a “restructuring year” and there will be no O’buttons for sale and no BBQ as the Chamber is encouraging everyone to eat at the restaurants in downtown Lakeview. Local shops will also be open, encouraging people to shop local. 

Memorial Hall will be available for home businesses to set up a booth for people to come shop. The cost for a booth will be $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. 

There will also be no games this year, like the kids rodeo, potato peeling and potato hockey. There will still be the Outhouse races, the Pub Crawl and the Irish Days Dinner the night before where the grand and wee leprechaun will be announced. 

See the accompanying article for information on the Outhouse races. 

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-947-6040 or stop by 126 N. E St., in Lakeview. 

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