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Wee Bit O’ Ireland celebrates 35th year in Heppner

Published on March 18, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on March 20, 2017 7:02PM

The Murray family of Heppner — Ian, Sean, John the father, and Kevin — pull away from their competition Saturday in the O’Planky Team Relay Race on Main Street, Heppner, during the town’s annual Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration. Festival organizers brought back the plank race after an absence of around 20 years. Wee Bit O’ Ireland concludes Sunday.

Staff photo by Phil Wright

The Murray family of Heppner — Ian, Sean, John the father, and Kevin — pull away from their competition Saturday in the O’Planky Team Relay Race on Main Street, Heppner, during the town’s annual Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration. Festival organizers brought back the plank race after an absence of around 20 years. Wee Bit O’ Ireland concludes Sunday.

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Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R, greets folks Saturday outside the Elks Lodge on Main Street, Heppner, during the town’s Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration, now in its 35th year.

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Oregon U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R, greets folks Saturday outside the Elks Lodge on Main Street, Heppner, during the town’s Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration, now in its 35th year.

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Children stand at the ready to gather candy from Saturday’s parade through Heppner during the town’s annual Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration, now in its 35th year. The fun concludes Sunday afternoon with road bowling.

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Children stand at the ready to gather candy from Saturday’s parade through Heppner during the town’s annual Wee Bit O’ Ireland Celebration, now in its 35th year. The fun concludes Sunday afternoon with road bowling.

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Wee Bit O’ Ireland is an annual four-day celebration of Heppner’s Irish heritage centered around St. Patrick’s Day.

On Saturday the 35-year-old event was at its peak. Along with the parade, sheep dog trials, food and music, organizers brought back the O’Planky Team Relay Race down Main Street.

The event concludes Sunday.





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