Put on your pork-pie hat and buckle shoes or your fine Irish wool shawl and linen apron and come dressed as a native of the Emerald Isles March 21 for the Wallowa County Fair Board's 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Casino Night. "It's a lot of fun to dress up," said fairgrounds manager Randy Garnett.
"We have this contest every year and I'd like to see more people involved," he said.
The best-dressed Irishwoman (or man) at the event will win $100 of the green.
Dressed up or not, attendees of the function will have the opportunity to engage in several more Irish traditions - dancing, testing their luck at gambling games, and enjoying a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with new potatoes and all of the trimmings.
The gaming will include tables for Texas Hold-em, Black Jack and Craps -in addition, the bingo dice will be rolling in a bingo parlor with cash prizes.
You could get lucky just walking in the door, too, as door prizes are also being lined up.
An auction event is also scheduled and casino cash can be spent on auction items that include a Botts Farm-grown half a hog cut and wrapped, an Apple-Flat Catering tri-tip dinner for 10, half a day of splitting firewood, and numerous Wallowa County baskets stuffed by local businesses.
Event attendees will be dancing jigs of pleasure and Brady Goss will be rocking the keyboard to help inspire them.
The event raises money for upcoming repair projects at the fairgrounds and this year the Fair Board hopes to begin refurbishing the grandstand. "Right now we're just focusing on the grandstand," said Garnett, "but we have a long-range plan to improve the infield part of the track. We're just taking a bite of the elephant a little at a time. We've got underground irrigation pipe in and a big hose-pull irrigation gun installed so far."
Tickets to the event are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Fair Office, Thompson Auto Supply or at the door. Cocktails will be served beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. Gaming starts after dinner.