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Shamrock Festival an event for the entire community

Saturday, Aug. 11, is the day set for St. Patrick’s Shamrock Festival, an annual event that will begin at 8:30 a.m. under the tent on the back lawn of the church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

The Shamrock Festival provides a day filled with fun, great purchasing opportunities, delicious food and a great way to give back to the community.

“The entire community comes together for this event, donating items, purchasing quilt tickets, scouting out bargains at the yard sale, buying used books, bidding on great items at the silent auction, and enjoying friends and fellowship. No one who comes to the Shamrock Festival feels left out,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “The best part is that everyone who participates, whether it is through the hours of preparation or through the event itself, is giving back to the community. Every dime of the profit goes towards helping the people of Archuleta County.”

The day starts with a huge yard sale under the tent behind the church. People in the church and in the community have been donating household, decorative and other miscellaneous items for months that will be for sale at rock-bottom prices, so no one need go home empty-handed. If you would like to donate to the yard sale, call the church office at 731-5801 to find out where to take your items.

Many women of St. Patrick’s put their sewing skills together to produce a beautiful queen-sized quilt with matching pillow shams that will be raffled at the Shamrock Festival.

“St. Patrick’s women have been making quilts as a part of their ministry for years,” says Fr. Doug. “The prayer quilt ministry has blessed many, many people with their beautiful quilts, people who have struggled through illness and life difficulties. There are very few Sundays that go by without blessing a quilt for someone who needs our prayers. These women take on a much larger task of making a beautiful bed quilt and matching pillow shams to raffle each year at the festival. Every quilt is unique and made with care and love. Anyone would be very fortunate to win a bed quilt made by these talented ladies.”

The annual Shamrock Festival silent auction, a greatly anticipated event, opens at 4 p.m. with fantastic packages and equipment for men and women alike. Donations for the auction come from parishioners as well as people from the community who want to contribute. Two like-new lawn tractors will be on the auction block this year, along with a wilderness adventure package, beautiful jewelry, household decorative items and much, more. There are some great opportunities to win bids on some very lovely items. The bidding wars are fun and exciting, bringing in some important contributions to assist community outreach. Contact the church if you would like to donate to the auction. The auction will close from 6-6:30 p.m. during dinner, and reopen at 6:30 for final bids. Bidding ceases at 7 pm with winners announced at 7:30.

No Episcopal event goes without good wine, beer, hors d’oeurves and fellowship. Cocktails and goodies will be on hand beginning at 4 p.m., with dinner following at 6. The al fresco lasagna dinner under the tent will test the culinary skills of the men of the church.

“We have some excellent chefs in our church,” says Fr. Doug (Fr. Doug knows good food and can attest to the skills put forth by the men of the church).

Tickets for the dinner are $15 and must be bought in advance in the church office.

“This is indeed a community event,” says Fr. Doug. “We want everyone to feel that they have enjoyed good fun, fellowship, and food. Moreover, we want everyone to realize that their participation benefits many that need their help. It is surprising how many people in our county are missing meals, can’t pay their utility bills, can’t buy clothes for their growing children, can’t put gasoline in their tanks, can’t afford to repair necessary household equipment, can’t pay their medical bills and live in daily fear and panic wondering how they will make it from one day to the next. We at St. Patrick’s know that Pagosa Springs is a generous community, filled with people who want to help. The Shamrock Festival offers this opportunity in a fun way. We hope many people will come and be a part of this year’s festival event.”

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information about how you can contribute, purchase tickets or be a part of the fun, call 731-5801 or go to

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