Erin go bragh: Summit celebrates St. Paddy’s Day with Irish cheer
It seems everyone has a tinge of Irish March 17 when it’s time for St. Patrick’s Day. And there’s a pub on nearly every corner in Summit County for drinking green beer – or winning prizes with the luck o’ the Irish.
The most famous celebration is the pub crawl in Breckenridge. In is 27th year, the race challenges beer drinkers to consume six to eight ounces of beer in each of the 10 participating pubs in Breckenridge. Competitors use their wits to map out the best course, then chug each beer as fast as they can. The top three winners in the men’s and women’s divisions win skis, ski clothing or dinners for two.
About 300 people participate, and about 60 are serious contenders. People have finished previous crawls in as little as seven and a half minutes, organizer Bobby Rianoshek said. Participants must be 21, and drinking and driving is prohibited. The race begins at 2 p.m. at the “Devil’s Triangle” parking lot on Ridge Street and Lincoln Avenue. The entry fee is $5, and beers are 75 cents each. Proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.
Keystone begins its party early. On Saturday, River Run hosts the Clover Crawl, a food and beverage extravaganza, from 1-5 p.m. Irish-lovers receive a free raffle ticket for every dollar they spend on food and beer at the a la carte stations. Prizes include skis, snowshoes, dinner certificates and items from River Run merchants.
The Indulgers, a Celtic band from Golden, plays at River Run from 1-2:30 p.m. The band formed in 1998 to create a new from of music, fusing Irish, Scottish and American upbringings with traditional and contemporary instruments and stories. In 2002, the outfit won Westword’s World Music Award and the Rocky Mountain Band Search Final. Denver radio station The Fox’s Groove Hogs round out Keystone’s celebration from 3-5 p.m.
Copper Mountain begins its St. Paddy’s Day festivities Saturday with Moe Dixon from 3:15-5:45 p.m. and Bert Fonte from 9 p.m. to midnight at J.J.’s and Lefty Lucy from 3-5:30 p.m. at Jack’s. Jack’s also features traditional Irish fare for lunch and live remote from KSMT and giveaways. Endo’s has a DJ from 3-6 p.m. with Irish drink specials. Saturday’s celebration ends with the wit of comedians Todd Jordan and Steve Gastineau, a 21-and-over show, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Hall in the East Village. Tickets are $12.
Copper continues the party Sunday and Monday with live entertainment and Irish drink specials. Jack’s features corned beef, cabbage and Muligan’s stew in a bread bowl. David Anderson will play from 3-5:30 p.m Monday.
If you want to get even greener, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is holding the greenest party in town – the second annual Frisco St. Patrick’s Day Open takes place from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants putt for trophies, gift certificates and door prizes at nine of Frisco’s Main Street restaurants. The first-place winner receives a trophy and a $100 gift certificate to Tuscato. Second place takes home a trophy and a $75 certificate to the Blue Spruce Inn. Third place wins a trophy and a $50 gift certificate to the Moose Jaw Bar and Grill. A $15 greens fee entitles players to a golf mug, golf ball and a beer at each bar. Register between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Hall in Frisco.
In honor of the Irish, most of the bars in the county transform into pubs with green beer, drink specials, live bands and even giveaways. Check the arts and entertainment calendar (page B2) for details.
Kimberly Nicoletti may be reached by calling (970) 668-3998, ext. 245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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