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Friday's St. Paddy's Day should be lively

The Maverick's Corner Saloon bed race team posed for a victory photo after winning last year's St. Patrick's Day bed races. From left are: Logan Falde, Haydon Dvorak, Nick Dvorak, Bre Krohn, and Randi Chouinard. This year's bed races are set to start at 6 p.m Friday. (River Falls Journal File Photo)

River Falls is gearing up in green for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

As St. Paddy's Day falls on a Friday this year, River Falls Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Maranda Mahr said she expects the event will be lively.

"I think it puts everybody in a good spirit," she said, "and they're able to kick back and enjoy the event."

The downtown celebrations start at 1 p.m. with the hunt for the "Pot of Gold" Medallion. First clue is posted at Veterans Park. Subsequent clues are posted every half hour after that until the medallion is found.

The winner will receive a $50 Chamber Check.

The Potato Soup Cook-Off will run from 1-5 p.m. People will be able to sample potato soups offered by various vendors downtown. At press time that number was about 20 participating locations.

Soup-tasters will have a chance to vote on their favorites to be entered in a drawing to win prizes of up to $75.

Mahr said one of her favorite parts of the St. Paddy's Day event is going around to the businesses participating in the Potato Soup Crawl.

"I think everybody does a really great job," she said, "And it's just nice that they're able to provide this for the different community members, and the different community members are able to stop into these different businesses and kind of support them and see what's new in town."

Also starting at 1 p.m. is the Poker Run. People can pick up cards at any participating locations, and end up in Veterans Park by 5 p.m. with their "poker hand." The top hand wins prizes that will be awarded after the Bed Races.

The sixth annual Bed Races kick off at 6 p.m. At press time nine local businesses or organizations had signed up to run beds along Main Street for the annual competition.

For more information, visit www.rfchamber.com or call the River Falls Chamber of Commerce at 715-425-2533.

Participating businesses

Potato Soup Locations

Babblebug Boutique

BelleVinez Winery, at Maverick's Corner Saloon

Bo's 'N Mine

Broz Sports Bar

Emma's

Family Fresh Market

Clearwater Electrolysis at Johnnie's

Junior's Bar and Restaurant

Kinni Clayworks

Lazy River Bar and Grill

Mainstreeters

Maverick's Corner Saloon

Mel's Midtowner

Moonshiner's

Riverwalk Mercantile

Riverwalk Square

Second Star

Selah Vie Bistro and Coffee Cottage

Shooter's

Swinging Bridge Brewing Company

Bed Races

Bo's 'N Mine

Belle Vinez Winery

Greg Peters State Farm Agency

Johnnies

Lazy River

Maverick's

Moonshiner's

Swinging Bridge Brewing Company

Junior's Bar and Restaurant

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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