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Friday's St. Patrick's Day event at Clancy's promises to be bigger, better than ever

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The event, which will run Friday and Saturday, includes blocking off First Street from Pine to Washington streets

FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Allen Bower will soon be gearing up for the annual St. Patricks Day celebration at Clancys in Old Town Sherwood. Continuing its bigger-and-better-than-last-year tradition, Clancy's Pub and Restaurant is once again hosting its hugely popular St. Patrick's Day celebration.

This year's event will run Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. It opens Friday at noon with the ever-popular Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Pipes & Drums at the noted pub, 16066 S.W. First St.

"It's going to be great," said Allen Bower, Clancy's owner. "We'll have three bars to serve people. We'll have three dining rooms."

Plans are to block off First Street from Pine to Washington streets during the event to install a large Bushmills and Guinness "21-and-over" tent.

Bower said he's expecting even bigger crowds this year than last.

After Kell's Irish Pub in downtown Portland, Clancy's is the busiest Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day on the West Side, according to Bower. Clancy's opened on St. Patrick's Day in 1988.

Meanwhile, he promises the staples the pub is noted for during St. Patrick's Day – including corn beef (600 pounds this year) and cabbage, halibut tacos, clam chowder and Irish stew (a "wonderful" recipe that includes Guinness).

"Next year our goal is to absolutely create a family-friendly event for the community," said Lori Higgins, Clancy's event coordinator.

That event will likely include an arts and crafts tent that includes food vendors and other attractions.