When your town is called Shamrock, you almost don’t have a choice. You just have to throw a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and the folks here in Shamrock, Texas don’t disappoint.
East of Amarillo and a Blarney Stone’s throw from the Oklahoma border, Shamrock was given its name in the late 1800s by an Irish immigrant who wanted to pay tribute to his heritage. And speaking of that particular piece of Irish rock, Shamrock is home to a piece of the genuine Blarney Stone from the ruins of Blarney Castle in Cork County, Ireland.
So, aside from kissing the Blarney Stone, how do folks in Shamrock, TX party on St. Patty’s? Friday, March 16th starts the festivities with the opening of the Shamrock Carnival, followed by the Kick-Off banquet featuring great food and live music. St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so a great turn-out is expected for the full day of scheduled events featuring, naturally, a grand parade. Other highlights include a Motorcycle Rally, an Antique and Classic car viewing, an arts and crafts show and the Crowning of Miss Irish Rose. Another anticipated event is the Donegal Beard contest. (What’s a Donegal beard? One that grows along the jawline and covers the chin. Think: “Abe Lincoln”) The men competing in this competition must have registered on January 1st with a clean-shaven face. The St. Pat’s carnival continues Saturday evening into Sunday afternoon. There’s a full schedule of events listed on Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day website.
Come shake your shillelagh in Shamrock, TX for a St. Patrick’s Day to remember.
Just for fun, take a listen to the The Donegal Beard song, by The Gourds: "I"m goin', I"m goin', to Shamrock, I am bound..."