Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2002

St. Patrick’s parade set for Saturday

March 13, 2002

It appears the weather will cooperate on Saturday, as Tonganoxie puts on the green for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

High temperatures are expected in the 50s, with partly cloudy skies.

Dustin Torneden, a kindergarten student in Debbie Wedel's class at
Tonganoxie Elementary School, paints a smile on his "Mr. Potato"
with assistance from school volunteer Helen Reed. Tonganoxie High
School student Colby Carter also helped the students make their
potatoes, which are made by filling nylon stockings with wood chips
and placing grass seed in the tops. The students will set their
"potatoes" in water and wait for the grass to grow.

Dustin Torneden, a kindergarten student in Debbie Wedel's class at Tonganoxie Elementary School, paints a smile on his "Mr. Potato" with assistance from school volunteer Helen Reed. Tonganoxie High School student Colby Carter also helped the students make their potatoes, which are made by filling nylon stockings with wood chips and placing grass seed in the tops. The students will set their "potatoes" in water and wait for the grass to grow.

The main event is the St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will start at 10 a.m. near Fourth and Pleasant streets and travel west on Fourth Street.

In its 15th year, St. Patrick's Day festivities held the Saturday before the holiday also will include a corned beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church, Fourth and Shawnee streets.

Debbie Breuer is helping direct this year's activities.

The chamber of commerce helps with the holiday activities as well, and Breuer hopes the organization will take the helm in the future because of insurance reasons.

Whoever coordinates the event, Breuer knows one thing is consistent for a weekend each March:

"Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day," she said.

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