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Dubuque County Businesses feel impact of St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day in Eastern Iowa is something of a two-day celebration, even for those who aren't Irish. It's a time to spend with family, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage until you can't eat any more. But, the holiday is also time when you spend a lot of green, which is something of a pot o' gold for local businesses. This year marks the 37th St. Patrick's Day parade for the city of Dyersville, a parade that attracts people from not only the state of Iowa but elsewhere.

Brandon McAllister made his way from his home in Farley to come to the parade Saturday afternoon.

"For the kids it's a lot of fun, I would like it to be a lot warmer like it was last year, but they enjoy coming so that's what we are going to do," McAllister said.

Karla Thompson, executive director of the Dyersville Chamber of Commerce, said it's not uncommon for the parade to draw large crowds.

"I think with the Irish spirit and friendly atmosphere that we provide here that people are just drawn to this community," Thompson said.

For local businesses, these large crowds mean more money.

"The businesses actually look forward to this day because it does bring local and tourism dollars to this community," Thompson said.

Shamrock Imports in Dubuque is one store that looks forward to this time of year. The store sells shirts, stickers, food and more, all with an Irish theme. Judy Siegert, owner of Shamrock Imports, said this time of year, the store sales jump about 60% per day the weeks surrounding St. Patrick's Day. Although Siegert says the sales increase is nice, celebrating your heritage with your family is more important.

"It's great to make money; I'm not saying it's not great. But the biggest part is getting together and hanging out, Siegert said.


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