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‘Boot Scootin’ celebration designed for Wisner

March 15, 2018 GMT

WISNER — Those with Irish roots will be showing off their cowboy boots at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Wisner.

Planned for Saturday, March 17, the day-long festivities will include lots of favorite features.

One of those is the St. Patty’s Day parade which will begin at 3 p.m. and run down Wisner’s Main Street.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. with entries anticipated to follow this year’s theme of “Irish Roots and Cowboy Boots.”

Another yearly favorite is the Leprechaun Fun Run, which will begin at noon at the Wisner Firehall. Registration will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. with preregistration available at www.AllSportCentral.com.

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It remains to be seen whether runners line up at the starting line in cowboy boots for the 2.2 mile fun/run, the 5K run, or the five-mile run.

In the morning, Wisner-Pilger School’s art show will be set up in a new venue, under the direction of Wisner-Pilger art instructor John Hughes. The show will coincide with the grand opening of Chiropractic Lifestyle, a new Main Street business.

Cuming County’s UNL Extension has craft activities planned for youngsters at the library, plus the Wisner Heritage Museum will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.

The Senior Center will be the location for a 10-point pitch tournament from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Numerous Irish meals will be served at businesses up and down Main Street, as well as the Wisner VFW. Food stands run by the Cuming County Feeders and Relay for Life will also offer food choices plus an ice cream social.

A bouncy house and face painting will be available for youngsters at the Wisner Auditorium before and after the parade. Also following the parade, the FFA will hold its annual labor auction at the veterinarian office salebarn.

To tap off the day, Judd Hoos will again be coming to Wisner. The band offers a variety of music, according to event organizer Katie Donner.

The dance will begin at 9 p.m. at the City Auditorium, with doors open at 8 p.m.

Joining Donner in organizing this year’s event are Wisner Chamber of Commerce officers Jennifer Cleveland, Stephanie James and Megan Hassler, along with Lindsey Raymond.

“We hope the weather holds out,” Donner said. “That will determine the attendance at the parade and the rest of the day.”

In years past, the parade went on as planned, whether the skies were fair or dropping snow, rain or sleet, she said.

However, even more important than the weather will be the years’ old tradition kept up by the McGuire family, one of the area families with genuine Irish roots.

Each year McGuires gather along with friends on a warm evening to paint a giant Irish Shamrock on an intersection of Wisner’s Main Street. They’ve done it for so many years, Donner explained, that they don’t even have to use a template.

They just “eyeball it,” she said.