Ireland's St. Patrick's Celebration

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    Katelyn Young of Ireland, 8, stood in the "money machine" and caught free meal vouchers at the Ireland Fire Station during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    During Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration, Tyler Schmitt held Claire Linette, 10, both of Ireland, while he adjusted the height of the tractor plow outside Ireland Elementary on Saturday. The plow held ping pong balls for the first annual ball drop raffle, in which the ping pong ball that landed in the Irish cauldron and was drawn by Linette won the pot of $350. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Katie Stenftenagel of Ireland, 15, got her hand painted by Darby Patton of Jasper, 15, as they volunteered at the face painting table in the Ireland Fire Station during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Kail Halterman of Jasper, 8, swung on the monkey bars outside of Ireland Elementary School during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Michelle Bonner of Jasper, left, Diann Zehr of Ireland, Marie Freyberger of Ireland and Pat Weisman of Otwell ate their breakfast after cooking and serving food at the K of C during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. The group had been cooking since 6 a.m. and sat down to eat at 11 a.m. "We always have fun," said Freyberger. "The same group of ladies that volunteers for church meals volunteered today. Its a good bunch to work with — a good Christian bunch." Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Jamie Jahn of Jasper neared the finish line during the Irish Trot 5K at Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Mya Hidalgo of Jasper, 7, left, raced past her sister Courtney Shake of Jasper to finish steps ahead with a time of 33:16 in the Irish Trot 5K during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Cheyenne Halterman of Jasper donned shamrock-patterned leggings at the Irish Trot 5K during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Lee Striegel of Jasper neared the finish of the Irish Trot 5K during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Luke Leinenbach, 4, teased his grandfather Tim Hopf and his uncle Bryant Niehoff, all of Duff, for finishing after him in the Irish Trot 5K during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Aaron Hopf, left, Kennedy, 1, his wife Mandy, and Kaylee, 5, all of Duff, walked to their car during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. The morning in Ireland brought misty, 40-degree weather. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Andrew Kennedy of Ireland showed his son Carter, 4, the fire engines at the Ireland Fire Station during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. "He's been looking forward to (seeing the fire engines) for weeks," Kennedy said. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Dylan Young of Ireland, 4, played Connect Four at the Ireland Fire Station with Kyle Stenftenagel of Jasper during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Azleigh Young of Ireland, 11, decorated a shamrock-shaped cookie at the Ireland Fire Station during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Henry Fischer, 5, right, watched his cousin Trevor Buechler, 15, both of Celestine, eat the shamrock-shaped cookie that Fischer had just finished decorating at the Ireland Fire Station during the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Fischer's mother was raised in Ireland, and said "we love coming back (to Ireland)." Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Desserts were donated to the Ireland Historical Society and sold as a fundraiser during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Jase Jackle of Jasper, 4, perched on a chair in the K of C building while eating his hamburger from the St. John's Lutheran Church stand during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Jackle and his family stepped into the K of C building to escape the cold and misty weather. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Leroy Gehlhausen of Ireland wore his shamrock hat that he has had for years during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    During Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration, Celeste Hochgesang of Ireland watched ping pong balls drop from the tractor plow outside of Ireland Elementary School on Saturday afternoon. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Jerry Himsel, left, and Jon Ruhe, both of Ireland, were the designated potato shooters at the second annual Spud Shoot during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Both made their "tater guns" for last year's event. Spud shoot organizer Bob Meadows said his favorite part was "everyone having fun — thats what the whole event is about." Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Aluminum plates hanging inside tires were used as Spud Shoot targets in the field behind Ireland Elementary during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Tracy Rumble, right, and Michelle Berny of Greenwood were married by Dubois circuit court judge Nathan Verkamp of Jasper at the Ireland Fire Station on Saturday. Rumble is lieutenant at the Greenwood Fire Station, and has been a visiting instructor at the Dubois County Fire School for several years. Rumble said the couple chose to wed at the station because they wanted a small wedding, and because of "the 'wow' factor of being married on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland." Marlena Sloss/The Herald

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    Little Miss Shamrock Ella Leinenbach, 7, led a prayer before the Mayor's dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church community center during Ireland's St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Leinenbach said she had been scared to lead the prayer all day, but that "it went good." Marlena Sloss/The Herald