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Beds will roll for St. Patty's Day

Businesses in downtown River Falls, along with the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, organized a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Anyone can participate, and most everyone will want to watch.

With minor details still emerging, the confirmed plan includes a medallion hunt, bed races on Main Street, a poker run, and a few hours during which patrons can take to the street with libations in hand -- if they've bought the special cup.

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, as medallion hunt clues begin trickling out of participating businesses. The finder brings the medallion to Veterans Park between 5-6 p.m. to claim their prize of chamber bucks they can spend at downtown businesses.

Poker run participants can visit local food and drink establishments 5-8 p.m. to pick up a card. The person holding the best hand at the end wins prizes donated by local bars and restaurants.

Anyone can sign up a team to compete in the bed races up and down Main Street. Entrants need $25 and a team of five -- four to push and one to ride on a rolling bed. Pushers should include two males and two females, to keep the playing field even. Entries must be submitted on or before Monday, March 15.

Entry forms and race rules can be found at the chamber office, 214 N. Main St., or on its website

Bed inspection begins at 6 p.m. at 107 E. Elm St., outside of Shooter's Pub. Races begin at 7 p.m.

Street closure happens 6-8 p.m. along the race route: Main Street from Maple to Locust streets, as well as small portions of East Elm and West Walnut streets. During that time, patrons who have purchased a souvenir cup may carry their drink to the street while they watch the races.

The open-container allowance ends promptly at 8 p.m., so patrons must carry their cups back inside or risk getting ticketed. Participating businesses are likely to offer drink specials to those carrying the special cup.

Organizers will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place race winners, as well as the best themed entry and a leprechaun award.

Most chamber-member businesses will be participating in the celebration, but the best way to determine who is and who isn't, is to duck in and ask.

Everyone is invited to this community event that celebrates St. Patrick's Day.