Shamrockin' on the Square to return March 16

Main Street El Dorado will kick off its 2024 events calendar next month with Shamrockin' on the Square.

The St. Patrick's Day celebration is set for March 16 in downtown El Dorado.

Shamrockin' is a one-day event that will include live music, food and drink vendors and a variety of activities for all ages, including the popular Rock Paper Scissors Championship.

Shamrockin' is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to don their "best green attire."

MSE board members have said Shamrockin' will take on a different look this year in the absence of two of its signature features and activities -- crawfish and a chili cook-off.

Beth Brumley, MSE executive direct0r, has explained that prices for crawfish have tripled from $5 per pound to $15 per pound.

Additionally, several contestants who usually compete in the International Chili Society-sanctioned cook-off have signed up for steak cooking-competitions that are scheduled during the same weekend in Texas and are sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association.

Brumley and Holly McDonald, MSE executive assistant, said the chili cook-off has been moved to April to coincide with Airstreams on the Square 2024.

Last November, McDonald announced that Airstreams, which is traditionally held in the fall, has been scheduled for April 25 - 29.

McDonald explained that members of the Arkansas Razorback Airstreams Club, who partners with MSE to host the annual Airstreams on the Square in El Dorado, scheduled the 2024 event for April because they plan to attend the 67th annual Airstream Club International Rally, which is set for Oct. 5 - 10 in Missouri.

MSE board members have said they are bouncing around ideas to plan new activities for Shamrockin' this year and they will roll out more details within the next few weeks.

Sponsors, vendors and volunteers are invited to be a part of Shamrockin'.

Last year, Brumley reported that MSE was pleased with the good turnout for Shamrockin' 2023, noting that chilly temperatures and the threat of rain did not deter crowds from spending the day downtown.

"Shamrockin' was well attended. It was a diverse group. It's one of the most diverse events we have each year," Brumley said, adding with a laugh, "A lot of people thought it was cold, as usual."

For more information or to serve as a sponsor, vendor or volunteer for Shamrockin', call the MSE office at 870-862-4747 or visit www.mainstreeteldorado.org.

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