Irish spring night is nigh

By Geoff Lee

March 15, 2016 11:10 AM

A scene from last year's St. Paddy's Day party at the Stockade.

It’s almost Irish spring time in Lloydminster.

Border City Rotary is holding its annual Irish Pub Night this Saturday at the Stockade Convention Centre to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and raise funds for local youth organizations.

“Our goal with this event is to continue to be able to support worthwhile youth based organizations in our community,” said Wendy Plandowski, the rotary’s president elect.

“What we do is take applications from different youth organizations and then after the expenses, we determine where the funds are going to go.”
She said all of the money stays within the community.

The event is sponsored by PWM Steel and allows the Irish and Irish at heart to mix and mingle for a great cause.Fundraising includes the sale of 125 draw tickets for a work and leisure prize.Event tickets are $50 each and includes a meal with an Irish twist and entertainment by the Prairie Dogs.

“They play all different kinds of music, but mostly just music that people love to get up and dance to,” said Plandowski. “It’s one of those events where the dance floor is just packed.”

Plandowski said the last couple of years, the event has draw an average of between 500-600 people looking for good time. “We’d be happy to get around 500 this year, but this is kind of “last minute Lloydminster” so you never really know until the end,” she said.

Irish Pub Night is one of Plandowki’s favourite outings. Despite the pronunciation of her last name, she’s actually a bonafide Irish lass.
“My maiden name is Tyner,” she said with a laugh.

She said it’s a great event and everyone dresses in green.
“Lots of people dress up and we actually have Irish flags there that people can buy,” she added. “There’s Irish music, Irish dance competitions and Irish games.”

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m and the dance at 7:30 p.m.

Irish Pub Night comes two days after St. Partick’s Day is officially marked on March 17.

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