The Village of Farmersville will hold the 109th Irish Days Celebration Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. This year's celebration, "A Night at the Movies" will host a variety of entertainment for attendees of all ages.
Advance arm bands for carnival rides are currently on sale for $15 apiece at Farmersville area businesses until noon on Thursday, June 13. Arm bands may also be purchased at the celebration for $20 apiece. Tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket or 22 tickets for $20. Each ride requires two to three tickets. Ticket buyers will be entered into a raffle to win a bicycle. The Irish Days Association will raffle off two bikes each night of the celebration. The drawings will take place on the midway each night at 10 p.m. Participants must be present to win. In case of inclement weather, the drawings will take place on Sunday, June 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Farmersville. On Saturday, June 15, rides will be $1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus St. Isidore Council #1152 (KC #1152) will host a beer and fish tent each night of Irish Days. The Knights of Columbus have multiple entertainments lined up for event patrons as well. The tent will be open on Thursday, June 13, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. with a musical performance by Taylor June. On Friday, June 14, the Hillbilly Golf Tournament will be held at 2 p.m., Hunter Sharp will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. and 90's Daughter will perform from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. On Saturday, June 15, a chili cook-off will begin at 10 a.m. and Off The Wall will perform from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The Hillbilly Golf Tournament benefits Farmersville-Waggoner Sports Association. The registration fee is $20 per team and cash prizes will be given for first and second place. For further information contact Eric Webb at 217-825-8716.
This will be the 33rd annual Chili Cook-Off. Participants will begin cooking at 11 a.m. and judging will begin at 2 p.m. The registration fee is $25 and cash prizes and trophies will be awarded, $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for people's choice. All proceeds will benefit Panhandle School District's special education programs. For further information contact Shaun Webb at 217-299-8802 or Ray Durston at 217-825-9444.
Thursday's activities roster also includes various food tents from 5 to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; and rides, games and exhibits from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Little Miss and Little Mister Irish Days ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Waggoner American Legion Post #701. The 2019 Little Miss and Little Mister Irish Days candidates include Addison Stone, Madison Yard, Korbin Rovey, Paizley Crawford, Hannah Wieties, Audrey Rovey, Delilah Mendoza and Arya Stimac. The 2018 Little Mister Paxton Sidwell and 2018 Little Miss Katrina Millburg will be on-site for the coronation of this year's royalty.
The Irish Days festivities will include Pasture Pool. The event will be held on the tennis courts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, and at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Tickets are $10 apiece and participants may win up to $500 each night, depending on the number of tickets sold. Half of the proceeds from Pasture Pool are given to the winner and half are donated to Lincolnwood Junior and Senior High Schools' girls basketball program. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Bank and Trust Company in Farmersville or by calling 217-710-4744.
Friday's roster also includes food tents from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent activities from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; rides, games and activities from 6 to 10 p.m. and an introduction of the 2019 Irish Days Queen contestants at 7 p.m.
The morning of Saturday, June 17, will start with a flash as participants lace up their running shoes for the 2019 Monisa Clark Irish Days Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk. The race will begin at Farmersville's old high school gymnasium. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m., the 5K fun run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. and the one mile fun run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration fees are $15 per person and $17 for shirt sizes 2X, 3X and 4X. All checks may be made payable to Montgomery County Breast Cancer Support Group and mailed to Ruth Leonard at 125 Hoelting Street in Farmersville. Further questions regarding the run may be directed to Leonard at 217-494-3848. A small program honoring survivors will be held at Farmersville city park's pavilion following the completion of the race.
An antique truck and tractor show will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free and winners will be selected in the following categories, people's choice, best of show, best pickup, best rusty truck, best heavy duty truck, best working tractor, best garden tractor and best of decades - teens through the 1970s. For more information contact Tommy Stieren at 217-341-2962.
A youth pedal tractor pull will be held at the park at 10 a.m. The event is open to children 12 years old and under. Stock tractors will be provided and cash prizes will be awarded.
The Irish Days bags tournament will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. by the Knights of Columbus tent. Teams consist of two players, one of whom must be over the age of 18. Registration is $20 per team and cash prizes will be given to the winners. In addition to the tournament winners, a $50 prize will be given for best attire and a $25 prize will be given for best team name. For further information contact Dayne Merkel at 217-414-8122 or Kimberly Denney at 217-652-0145.
The Irish Days parade will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Parade registration will be held at St. Isidore School at 3 p.m. This year's parade features ten categories, religious; civic groups and organizations; youth groups; out of town floats; bicycles, tricycles, wagons and pets; families; horses; business floats; classic vehicles; and antique tractors. Multiple cash prizes will be awarded in each of the categories.
Saturday's activity line-up also includes food tents from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; KC #1152 tent activities from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; an adult pedal tractor pull at 11:30 a.m.; the Irish Days Parade at 4 p.m.; ride matinee from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; free face painting in the par, following the parade; rides, games and activities from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; and Professor Longhair on the pavilion from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
The 2019 Irish Days Queen Pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. This year's candidates include Kyra Schull sponsored by Bruce Webb Insurance, Maggie McClelland sponsored by Krager Construction, Katelyn Payne sponsored by Simply Chic and Amber Crain sponsored by the Bank and Trust Company. 2018 Miss Irish Days Morgan Hart will be on-site for the coronation of the 2019 Irish Days Queen.