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Shamrock Festival Saturday at St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Shamrock Festival Saturday at the church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

The festival will begin on the lawn behind the church at 8:30 a.m. with a huge yard sale, bake sale and used book sale. There will be something there for almost anyone looking for a good bargain.

“We don’t want anything left over,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s, “so we are hoping for great crowds of people to come and pick up some great used items.”

The yard sale will end at noon and the tent will be converted into a lovely dining area for the homemade lasagna dinner that will be served by St. Patrick’s Men’s Group at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and available in the church office.

Following the dinner, the drawing for a beautiful, handmade quilt will be held. The queen-sized bed quilt and pillow shams are designed and sewn by women of the church. Raffle tickets (six tickets for $5; 12 tickets for $10) are available at the church office and from church members. Any tickets that have not been sold will be available for purchase during the yard sale.

At 4 p.m., cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served outdoors and the silent auction will begin inside the church. The auction will contain some beautiful items such as jewelry, home decorations, antiques, autographed books by local authors, wine, original art, wilderness adventure packages and two, like-new lawn tractors. These beautiful mowers were recently serviced and inspected by professional tractor mechanics. Both feature 48-inch mowing decks, hydrostatic transmissions and two-cylinder V engines. One is a Husqvarna YTH 2448, with a 24 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. The other is a Craftsman DTY 4000, with a 26 HP Kohler engine. Both are available for inspection at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

“Of course, the most important aspect of the Shamrock Festival, other than enjoying a fun day with friends, is that the proceeds support some very important organizations in our town, ones that truly make a big difference in the lives of our residents. Our church teaches that we, as Christians, are called to serve others. That is why we work so hard to raise funds to support local groups such as Victims Assistance, Hospice Care, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Youth Center, The Pregnancy Center, the hospital indigent fund, Loaves and Fishes, Pagosa Outreach Connection, the food box ministry and others,” says Fr. Doug. “We sincerely hope that the community will come out to support our efforts. When we all work together, we can truly do great things.”

To learn more about the festival, call the church office at 731-5801.

The community is invited to come and enjoy a day of fun and festivities.

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