Snoqualmie Go Braugh! Downtown merchants offer gold in St. Patrick’s Day contest

In celebration of St. Patricks Day, downtown Snoqualmie merchants are hosting “Snoqualmie Go Braugh,” a weeklong event which offers Irish-themed food, drinks, music and promotional specials. The festivities start Monday, March 10, with a contest titled “Quest for Uncle Si’s Lost Gold.” The lucky winner of this contest will receive $100 in golden coins.

The contest theme is a nod to the colorful characters of Snoqualmie history. Uncle Si (aka Josiah Merritt) is among the well-known early pioneers who according to local folklore, lost some of his gold during an arduous journey delivering food to settlers in Seattle. To earn entry into the contest for “Uncle Si’s Lost Gold,” contestants must obtain a passport which lists participating businesses, along with a set of limericks describing those businesses.

Contestants must then make their own journey throughout downtown Snoqualmie, and recite the correct limerick to a staff member inside the matching business. A stamp is received for each correct match, and each stamp serves as a chance to win the grand prize.

Visit more shops to increase chances of taking home the gold. Passports can be printed from a PDF attached to the Snoqualmie Go Braugh event page at www. Hard copies can be picked up at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office, 38767 S.E. River Street.

Passports are also available at some of the participating businesses. To complete the passport, visit participating businesses any time Monday through Saturday, March 10 through 15, during regular business hours.

The winner will  be drawn and announced at 1:30 p.m. March 17 at The Bindlestick, 8010 Railroad Avenue, across from the Snoqualmie Train Depot. Contestants need not be present to win the grand prize.


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