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Irish family festival this weekend in Lake George

During the 2012 ‘Sham-Rock the Block’ St. Patrick’s Day fest in Lake George, a crowd watches a contestant compete in a keg tossing contest. This year’s edition of the Irish-themed block party is to be held Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16.
Photo by Tim Weatherwax

During the 2012 ‘Sham-Rock the Block’ St. Patrick’s Day fest in Lake George, a crowd watches a contestant compete in a keg tossing contest. This year’s edition of the Irish-themed block party is to be held Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16. Photo by Tim Weatherwax

— The village known for revelry as well as family-oriented fun will be hosting the fourth edition of its successful St. Patrick’s Day weekend festival this weekend, Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16.

Although the holiday is regarded as primarily a holiday for adult celebrating, Lake George’s Sham-Rock the Block features a variety of activities for all ages — it provides a memorable time for children as well as adult partyers.

The event was founded in 2011, and both its popularity and lineup of activities have expanded each year.

To be held at the north end of Shepard Park, this year’s Sham-Rock the Block will include a St. Patrick’s Day parade, as well as Gaelic music, Irish food, several traditional Celtic games and a beer garden outside Duffy’s Tavern. Lower Amherst St. will be blocked off for the crowd to enjoy the music and festivities outdoors. About a dozen craft vendors are to be offering their wares for sale.

A “pub crawl” — featuring a trolley transporting revelers from one tavern in the village to another — starts at 2 p.m. and continues long into the night. For details, call Judd’s Tavern at 668-2554.

For children, activities both days include bounce houses, pony and wagon rides, face painting, games and a gold-coin scavenger hunt.

On Saturday, the festivities will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to at least 8 p.m., and on Sunday, the celebration kicks off at noon with the village’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and continues until 6 or 7 p.m.. The procession, which includes about 30 marching units and floats, starts at West Brook Road, proceeds up Beach Road and concludes at Amherst St.. Two noted Irish marching bands are to be featured: the famed NYS Corrections Emerald Society Pipe Band, and the Sons & Daughters of Erin Pipe Band.

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