St. Patrick Missouri post office and local events

St. Patrick, Missouri only has seventeen residents, but it has something that makes the town one of a kind, its post office.

It's the only town in the world named St. Patrick with a working post office.

Janie Hawkins has been the post master of the town for the past five years.

She says more then ten thousand letters get a special cancelled stamp each March.

They come from all over the world and some even come with special instructions on how they want the letter handled.

Every year the cancellation stamp is different and designed by one of the local residents.

The Shrine of St. Patrick is also located in the town and is open for tours.

Festivities start Wednesday and are as follows:

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Breakfast and lunch

10:00 a.m. - Concert and cd signing

1:00 p.m. - Leprechaun Give Away (200 free bags - one bag per person - each bag contains a gift. Large gifts are Waterford Crystal, Galway Crystal and Belleek China from Ireland.)

2:00 p.m. - Irish storyteller (Gabrielle Ni Mheachair)

3:30 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. - Irish Music

4:00 p.m. - Mass and conclusion of the St. Patrick Novena

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Dinner (Adults - $7.00, Children from 6 to 12 - $3.00, Children under 6 - FREE)

The Post Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with envelopes, postcards, and souvenirs sold in the Shrine of St. Patrick basement all day.

Free tours of the Shrine of St. Patrick and museum will also be given all day.