St. Pat’s big draw for Valley

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, but already restaurants and bars are filling up and most hotels are at capacity in the area.

For many, the holiday means a trip to down to O’Donold’s for the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.

Now in its 12th year, the event features music, spirits and a lot of food. But according to O’Donold’s owner, Christian Rinehart, you don’t have to attend the annual party to feel its effects.

“It has been a big financial thing for the Valley. We’ve packed all the hotels around here. Everything is sold out,” said Rinehart. “We will have a good weekend and so will all of Austintown and so will downtown (Youngstown).”

As evidence of how big the annual event has become, Rinehart said they drew 71,000 people last year and served up more than 10,000 pounds of corned beef each day.

For those who couldn’t wait until Monday, the Poland Library hosted a number of Saint Patrick’s Day activities throughout the day.

The event was called Rediscover Your Inner Leprechaun. The family fun day included everything from traditional music and dancers to a corned beef eating contest and a parade of leprechauns.

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