We Found Our Pot'O Gold at the Irish Celtic Festival

We found our Pot ‘o’ Gold!

March 26, 2012

Were you able to make it out this past weekend to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? Well, Neal Communities certainly did. And, here’s the best part – we didn’t have to travel to Ireland to experience a bit of the Emerald Isle. Instead, Neal Communities celebrated St. Paddy’s Day in style at the Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade, presented by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities. The event was a smashing success! Everyone got their ‘green’ on and celebrated the day the Irish way!

The festivities got under way at 11:00 am and went on throughout the day. Imagine a day filled with Bagpipe players, Celtic dancers, green beer and Irish stew! It was better than finding a four leaf clover! We enjoyed seeing so many of our friends and neighbors! It was a true community celebration!

Here’s a small sampling of some of the festivities that took place:

  • Traditional Irish Contests
  • Celtic Misfits Band
  • Pony Rides
  • Irish Karaoke Contest
  • Pot ‘o Gold Scavenger Hunt
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Arts & Craft Vendors
  • Children’s Activities
  • Lucky Dog Pet Parade
  • Much, much more!

One of the highlights of the day was the 2012 Lucky Dog Parade! A full-on parade to showcase the greatest dogs in Lakewood Ranch. There were so many adorable pooches on parade! After the parade, prizes were awarded to the top winner/dog look alike, the most Irish, and the cutest dog in small, medium and large dog categories. And, the luck didn’t stop there for our four-legged friends. All proceeds raised from the Lucky Dog Parade benefitted our friends at the Manatee Humane Society. Woof Woof!! Displayed below are the winners:

Most Irish
Small- #21 Patrick Schroeder “?”
Medium- #12 Riley Huennerkopf “Molly”
Large – #25 Michele Gabriele “Kona”

Cutest
Small – #38 Judi Lehrian “Sunny”
Medium – #41 Nancy Cunninghan “Doublen”
Large – #1 Joanne Bevers “Buster”

Owner Dog Look-alike
Small – # 36 Wendy Claussen “Otto”
Medium – #44 Jack Brocke “Abbie”
Large – #47 Don Tauper “Cooper”

It was a wonderful day and we were honored to be surrounded by so many of our family and friends! Let’s keep the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day alive all year round at Lakewood Ranch!

‘May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!’
~Irish Blessing


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