Are you ready for some St. Paddy’s merrymaking?
Daylight savings time has started. Temperatures are finally reaching normal, mid-March levels and piles of snow are shrinking.
What’s next? How about Main Street River Falls as the site for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration
St. Pat’s events and activities are from 1-8 p.m. Monday, March 17. The always popular bed races start at 6 p.m.
Winter’s onslaught of arctic cold and blowing snow were still on the mind of Chamber of Commerce CEO Chris Blasius.
“With the record-setting amount of snow we’ve received this winter, I just have to chuckle when thinking about the possibility of people pushing makeshift beds down the middle of the street while dodging mud puddles as the mounds of snow melt,” Blasius said. “It will be fun to see the creativity that will appear with this year’s crazy weather.
The festivities get started with the Pot O’ Gold Medallion Hunt. First clue is posted at Veterans Park at 1 p.m.
The one who finds the hidden medallion wins $50 in “Chamber Checks.”
The Potato Soup Cookoff is from 1-5 p.m. People can try soup from participating businesses, vote on their favorite and enter to win prizes.
The 6 p.m. bed racing occurs up and down Main Street
Downtown drivers might want to take note of parking restrictions connected to the bed racing.
On both sides of Main Street between the intersections of Elm and Maple, from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, temporary no parking signs will be posted. And this year, violators will be towed.
The no parking ban/tow zone extends to the 100 block of East Elm Street between the alley and Main Street. That’s the staging area for the racing bed teams.
For more on this story, please see the March 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal.