St. Patrick's Day weekend is going to kick off in a huge way. Why? Because the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds is once again holding its annual St. Patrick's Day Bash, the biggest St. Patrick's Day party in the Quad Cities, maybe in the world. Plus, St. Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17, 2023, which is the first day of all the drunk, green fun we're going to be having with you at MVF.
Join us on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, and March 18th for two days of free music, food, drinks, and so much more at the Saint Patrick's Day Bash at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
There will be more than 20 hours of live music, a lighted parade, fair food vendors, an expanded kids zone, and everyone's favorite, Flying Leprechaun Sky Divers on both Friday and Saturday.
Want to stay on the fairgrounds? Camping will be available that St. Patrick's Day Bash weekend.
Admission to the biggest St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds is FREE.
Day One, St. Patrick's Day, The Kick-Off
Things get started on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center when doors open up at 4:30 pm. The music starts at 5:30 pm with Doug Brundies followed by Electric Shock.
In between Doug and Electric Shock starting at 7 p.m. will be the Lighted Parade and the Flying Leprechaun Sky Divers. The expanded Kid's Zone will be in the Iowa Building and open from 5-8 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Bash Day Two
Saturday, March 18th will be a day that starts hungover and ends up drunk again. The doors open at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than last year, and the music gets started at 11:30 am.
- The expanded Kid Zone will be in the Iowa Building. So there will be plenty of bounce houses and more games for the kids and family.
- The Flying Leprechauns Skydivers will fall from the sky at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.
- Music all day long that goes until 11 p.m. If you're a Beastie Boys fan, you're going to love the last band of day 2.
About all that music!
The Mississippi Valley Fair Center will have music going from open to close with:
- 11:30 am - North Of 40
- 1:45 pm - Big Hair Mafia
- 3:45 p.m. - Flying Leprechauns Skydivers
- 4:00pm - Casey Muessigmann
- 6:30 pm - Dirt Road Rockers
- 9:00 pm - My Posse In Effect
See you at the biggest St. Patrick's Day party in the Quad Cities. The Saint Patrick's Day Bash at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
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Iowa's Island City
There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.
Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.
Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.
According to Island City Harbor's website
, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.
Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website
. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.
I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.
It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.