By Shannon Johnson
March 17 is a day enjoyed by many with green drinks, green clothing, Irish food, and plenty of shenanigans to go around. St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland was born in Roman Britain sometime in the late 4th century. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave.
Although St. Patrick escaped, he later returned to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time that he died, March 17, 461, he had established many monasteries, churches, and schools in Ireland. Ireland began celebrating his day with both religious services and large feasts.
St. Patrick’s Day didn’t come to be the celebration we know today until it reached the United States. Cities with a large population of Irish immigrants held spectacular festivities including parades in Boston and New York, and even a dyed green river in Chicago.
Baker will be celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland with the 7th Annual Saint Patrick’s Leaping Leprechaun Race and the 2nd Annual Pub Crawl put on by the Friends of FMC Foundation, who wanted to give residents something to do in town, instead of having to make the journey to Deadwood or Butte.
The celebration will begin with the Leaping Leprechaun Races, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Three-person teams, called Clans, will need to preregister by Wednesday, March 13. Karol Zachmann of the Friends of FMC Foundation mentioned that she will have applications spread around Baker. In this family-friendly competition, Clans will be provided with a map, so they know where to go for each of the six stations. Upon arrival at the stations, they will have games and riddles that they must solve.
Although the 7th Annual Saint Patrick’s Leaping Leprechaun Race is open to all ages, you must be twenty-one or older to participate in the 2nd Annual Pub Crawl, which will begin at 9 p.m.. and run until 12 a.m. Similar to the Leaping Leprechaun Race, your team has to preregister by the March 13. Applications for the Pub Crawl will also be available at various locations around Baker.
If you’re keen to the idea of sticking around all day and all night to find the pot of gold, there will be an Irish style meal with a kid-friendly option. The meal is free for those participating in the Leaping Leprechaun Race, but you can still join everybody for a delicious meal for a fee.
All of the proceeds from this event go to medical scholarships.