83R11513 JGH-D
  By: Springer H.C.R. No. 83
         WHEREAS, St. Patrick's Day is commemorated every year by
  people of Irish ancestry all over the world, and each March for
  nearly 75 years, the city of Shamrock in the Panhandle has drawn
  countless visitors for its celebration of all things Irish; and
         WHEREAS, Named by immigrant sheep rancher George Nickel in
  honor of his native land, Shamrock is home to an annual
  St. Patrick's Day gathering that was started in 1938 by Glen Truax,
  the town's bandmaster; sponsored by the Shamrock Booster Club, the
  first festival was a success, featuring 12 bands and drawing
  several thousand people; and
         WHEREAS, The festival continued to grow until it was put on
  hold during World War II; revived by the American Legion and the
  Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1950, it was canceled again in 1951
  because of the Korean War, but in 1952, the Shamrock Chamber of
  Commerce took over the event, and it has continued to be held
  throughout the ensuing years; and
         WHEREAS, Today, the Shamrock St. Patrick's Day festival
  lasts several days, starting with a kickoff banquet and a dance,
  followed by such events as a carnival, a fun run, an arts and crafts
  exhibition, a vintage car show, an Old Settlers reunion, a Donegal
  beard-growing competition, and the crowning of Miss Irish Rose, all
  done with a distinctively Hibernian flair; and
         WHEREAS, Every spring, the Shamrock St. Patrick's Day event
  combines the best of Irish and Texas high spirits, making it one of
  the most unique and colorful community celebrations in the Lone
  Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate the Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Celebration as the
  official St. Patrick's Day Celebration for the State of Texas.