The Town Was Painted Green This Past March!
This past St. Patrick’s Day was another one for the books as the city of McHenry, Blarneys Island & Visit McHenry County hosted their second annual ShamROCKS the Fox event. Whether you’re Irish all year round or just on one day per year, McHenry was the place to be for fun and entertainment.
As I work closely with many here in McHenry, I was asked, again to be the official photographer for this event. Not only do I get to enjoy the excitement of others, I get to enjoy the event for myself as well.
My day started out early, shooting the ShamROCK 5K Shuffle hosted by the McHenry Recreation Department. As many came together, young and old, veterans to new, run gets everyone motivated and kicks of the event! This year, I was given a sign to walk around with for people to take pictures with and this was a huge hit at the run. After the racers came in they got situated and were excited to see that they could grab a memorable photo behind this sign.
After the race had finished and most of the racers were across the line, I headed to downtown McHenry where others and myself preps for the river dying. The past two years we have gotten tremendously lucky with the weather, and despite a little cold, the sun was shining and there was no rain or snow!
During the river dying I walked around and grabbed shots of many who watched from the bridges and local businesses, along riverside drive. As many heard about the event from last year, I saw many new faces from here all the way from Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin who were excited to see this take place.
Once this died down, everyone made there way to have a quick breakfast at windhill or little chief, grab a shamrock cookie at Riverside Bake Shop, start the day our early with a green beer at some of the local bars or hit up the bloody mary bar at Smith Central Garage all before they got situated for the parade. I was most excited about this to see all of the new floats they had, and to, of course, here Modern Day Romeos who always play a set on their float. This hour-long parade was awesome as always and left the streets filled with people. I’ve never seen so many from in town and out here on Green St at one time!
Once the parade ended, everyone went their separate ways either back to the many local bars who were celebrating to hang out and enjoy the day or to Miller point where they had live bands, kids games, food trucks and of course, green beer.
So lucky to have gotten to capture these moments for everyone in town to look back on the next day and reminisce on the fun they had and all of the awesome things that took place in downtown McHenry. I was unable to attend the second day of the event, but it was also filled with a full day of activates and ended the weekend with a night show of fireworks.
Stay turned and follow me on social media to see many of the other events I will be shooting this year, including Fiesta Days!