He envisioned the town of Shamrock capitalizing on its Irish name and producing an annual one-day celebration to draw thousands of visitors to the Irish City.
With the help of the Shamrock Boosters Club, the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was reeled off in successful fashion in 1938. The initial production attracted a few thousand people and 12 bands. The extravaganza continued to grow until World War II cancelled the annual celebration from 1941 until 1950.
The event was revived in 1950, when the American Legion and the Junior Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the celebration. Then, the following year, the festival was cancelled due to the Korean conflict. In 1952, the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce took over the task and reactivated the event, which has since been held annually.
Most recently, on March 14th, 2013 – the 83rd Texas House Legislature passed HCR83, designating the Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Celebration as
the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the State of Texas. Drew Springer, District 68 Representative, seen left, with the help of his daughter Katherine, pass this bill through the House of Representatives.
Shamrock has a long history of St. Patrick's Day Pageantry with the Miss Irish Rose and the Lad n' Lassie. Join us this year in participating in the events!
See our lovely Colleen's debut at the Shamrockin' to the Moon St. Patrick's Day Banquet, March 13, 2015. Attend the crowning Saturday, March 14th, at 3pm in the Shamrock HS Auditiorium.
Miss Irish Rose:
Complete Entry Packet
Everyone looks forward to eating the delicious food of our street vendors during St. Patrick's weekend! All vendors are welcome, but space is limited, so register early! [All vendors must have a food permit. Packet available below includes a Temporary Food Permit application from the Texas Department of Health]
DOWNLOAD Outdoor Vendor Application
Winners in the 2014 25m-3yrs girl’s Lad ‘n Lassie include (l-r) 2nd place, Kali Keys, most photogenic, Jayda Thomas, 1st place, Jaylah Menefield, best smile and 3rd place, Macy Miranda
For more of last year's results, check out the County Star-News 2014 Special St. Patrick's Edition
All true Donegal contestants must have started there beard ON or AFTER January 1, 2015.
Beards are judged on length, thickness, overall appearance and whether it is a true Donegal.
A Donegal beard is a whiskery fringe around the lower chin and jowls (see fig. 1). The razor is applied to the upper lip, upper chin and just above the collar line. All men caught on the streets of Shamrock without Donegals will be slammed in the Barefaced Jail to cool their heels while their beards grow to a thickness benefiting a true Irishman.