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Preparations nearly complete for Shamrock Festival By Sally Neel Special to The PREVIEW

The excitement is building as parishioners of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church prepare for the upcoming annual Shamrock Festival, a day filled to the brim with community fun, food and shopping bargains. The festival takes place under

a giant tent located behind the church parking lot at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. Proceeds from the event are designated by the church for community outreach, allowing the church to offer assistance to local residents in need. “The Shamrock Festival was the first church activity in which my family and I participated upon

our arrival in Pagosa Springs five years ago,� says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. “We were so impressed with the amount of commitment and energy that the parishioners gave towards hosting this large festival. Even more impressive was the spirit of joy among them as they worked together to make n See Shamrock on next page

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