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.