The Ulster Project’s eighth annual St. Patrick’s March Madness on Main will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 :30 p.m. March 23 for those who want to enjoy a taste of the Irish.

The Ulster Project, in cooperation with ten Main Street businesses, is hosting the fundraising event. With a purchased ticket, customers can stroll down Main and visit the 10 stores and sample authentic Irish food while shopping.  One can try Irish stew, Hunter’s pie, champ (mashed potatoes) Irish soda bread, cookies, ice cream, tea and more.  

Shoppers are encouraged to visit with the volunteers serving the food to learn more about the Ulster Project.  The volunteers are families and teens who have hosted as well as those teens who plan to host Irish teens this summer.

The businesses supporting this fundraising event are:

Twice Told Tales

Grabers Ace Hardware

Cooks Nook


The Well

Balloon Landing

Brown’s  Shoes

Book Shelf

McPherson County Community Foundation


In addition Holman, Munsey and Associates-Ameriprise gave a donation. 

Tickets can be purchased at the St. Joseph Church or contact Steve or Roberta Burghart at 620-242-4158. Tickets for adults are $10, for children ages 6 to 12 are $6, and free for children under age 5. All 10 participating stores will have tickets available that day. 

This will be the McPherson County Ulster Projects twelfth year to host Protestant and Catholic teens from Portadown, Northern Ireland.  These Irish teens will be paired with a McPherson County teen of the same gender during the month of July. The national project’s mission is to help Christian-based leaders from Northern Ireland and America to become peacemakers capable of uniting those divided by differences.