Celebrate Tyrone's Irish Heritage This Weekend!

By Dawn Pellas

Published 03/10 2014 03:37PM

Updated 03/10 2014 05:36PM

Live music, food, a fun-filled parade, the lighting of the Shamrock and more: It's all on the way this weekend for the annual Irish Heritage Celebration in Tyrone.

Press Release from event organizer:
In less than one week, the streets of downtown willl be filled with people wearing the green from all across the region helping Tyrone celebrate its towns heritage through the annual Irish Heritage weekend cekebration. The town will be bustling with a full schedule of events, kicking off Friday night March 14th and ending Sunday evening March 16th.
Friday night kicks off at 4 p.m. with an Irish Happy Hour at Colonial Courtyard followed by the ceremonial "Lighting of the Shamrock" by WTAJ'S Meteorologist Regina Miller at 6:30 p.m. at City Park. Regina will then head over to the Tyrone Snyder Public Library to hold story time at 7 p.m. as part of their Family Fun Night. Those hungry in the audience can taste test some of the best chili this side of Dublin as area individuals and organizations vie for the title of favorite Hometown Chili, sponsored by Tyrone Orthopedics. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday evening. The Celtic Martin Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. for some toe tapping Irish music til 9 p.m. , sponsored by Tyrone Hospital. The first evening closes with the ever popular fireworks display. The fireworks are made possible by Albermarle, M and T, Atlas Edge, DelGrossos Foods, Marge Ketner, and various donations.
Saturday morning starts with a good ole morning 9 a.m. Irish 5k or 10k jog, a High Heel Dash and a Go For The Gold race at Joshua House. A first time event, Epworth Manor joins the Irish fun with Bingo at the Chapel Room at 10 am with a variety of prizes and refreshments. The street festival awakens the streets of the town at 10 am as a variety of vendors fill the street with their delicious creations and fun wares. The Celtic Martin Band returns to the stage at 10:30 a.m. to set the atmosphere for the event through the morning hours til 12:30 p.m. Dennie Huber, popular magician and balloon artist, takes over the entertainment at 12:30 p.m. til til 2 p.m., compliments of Conner Heating and Air Conditioning. Gather your friends and relatives to see the crowning of the Little King and Queen at City Park before the "Luck of the Irish " parade moves through the streets at 2pm. WTAJ's Central Pa Live host Dawn Pellas serves as Grand Marshal of the parade which features a variety of floats and musical groups along with the balloon release. Back after a year off, the balloon release is one of the most spectacular sites of the weekend when more than 3000 white, green and orange biodegradable balloons are escorted to the middle of town by various girl and boy scout groups during the parade, and then released into the skies above the community. This spectacular display is sponsored by Mathensin Valley Gas, American Eagle Paper Mill, and Burgmeier Hauling. Following the parade, meet Dawn Pellas at City Park for photos. In case of inclement weather, she may be found in the Ice Cream Parlor of Gardners Candies. Don't miss the Irish exhibits during the day at the Tyrone History Museum from 10 am to 2 p.m.
Sunday brings a close to the 3 day celebration with the Annual Spiritual Service at 7 p.m.at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The History Museum also closes its Irish exhibits after its 1 to 4 p.m. showing.
For more information, contact the Tyrone Chamber at 684-0736: on Facebook: Tyrone Events and Promotions: or tyronechamber.com."

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