The Shamrock Club of Columbus is both looking into the past and toward the future.

The club is planning two events to raise money for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade to be held Saturday, March 17, in downtown Columbus.

What is commonly referred to as the Columbus St. Patrick's Day parade is actually an event solely funded and organized by the Shamrock Club.

"It gets expensive (paying for) shutting down streets and getting permits and everything," said Molly Truex.

Because of those St. Patrick's Day celebration expenses, Truex and other club members are organizing the club's first classic car and motorcycle show, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Road in south Columbus.

Registration is $10 and can be paid in advance on the club's website -- shamrockclubofcolumbus.com -- or the day of the event.

Truex said cars, trucks and motorcycles from all eras and countries are welcome at the show.

"It's whatever anybody wants to bring out, especially with the import class," she said. "We expect to a lot of different makes and models."

Trophies for a range of categories will be awarded at 3 p.m. One will be given to the best vehicle of 1936 -- the year the Shamrock Club of Columbus was founded, Truex said.

The club's pub will be open and there will be food available for purchase. A disc jockey will spin tunes throughout the show.

Halfway party

The second big fundraiser will be the annual Half Way to St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, Sept. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Hooligans will be performing live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Also scheduled to perform are dancers from the Richens-Timm Academy of Irish Dance, the Shamrock Club Pipes & Drums, The Columbus Police & Fire Pipes and Drums and the Capital City Pipes & Drums.

Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for club members.

Grilled burgers, hot dogs and bratwurst will be available for purchase, along with corned-beef sliders.

Edward Gaughan, past president of the club, said the gathering is a longstanding tradition of Irish-heritage celebration, with dance, music and camaraderie.

"It's a mini-Irish festival is what it is," Gaughan said.

It also serves a refresher point for members who are busy planning for St. Patrick's Day, Gaughan said, adding that Columbus is one of the few cities in the United States that holds a religious ceremony, parade and festivities on the actual date of the holiday each year.

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