From restaurants to rails, St. Patrick's Day fun for all

'We have a leprechaun on board'

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - St. Patrick's Day celebrations were already underway in Berks County on Friday. If you're looking for a pot of gold, you'll improve your chances of finding one this weekend.

"We have a leprechaun on board who'll be going through the train with a pot of gold," said Nathanial Guest with the Colebrookdale Railroad.

The railroad is offering St. Patrick's Day-themed train rides.

The luck of the Irish is going to be everywhere. Celebrations in Bally started Thursday.

"Everything is child-friendly until 9 o'clock," said Ian Meinzer of The Bally Hotel.

The yearly celebration comes complete with music, food, and an Irish wake.

"It's a celebration of their life and not a mourning of their passing," Meinzer said.

Some will celebrate the day by giving back. Klinger's on Carsonia in Lower Alsace Township is holding its annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast fundraiser benefiting Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Klinger's at the Airport in Bern Township will raise funds to help pay the medical bills for Diddy -- a dog that is recovering after being shot in the face.

"He's doing really really well, thankfully, but the bills pile up really quick for surgeries like that," said Klinger's owner Mark Klinger.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, you can check out The Peppermint Stick Candy Store in Boyertown.

"We found there was not a lot for kids to do for St. Patrick's Day and we wanted to change that," said store owner Rachel Kehler.

Kids and adults can go leprechaun hunting. They'll be given a map around town and will have to solve riddles to be entered to win prizes.

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