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ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing a tradition that began in 1908 when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers.
The St. Patrick's celebration has grown to include more than a week's worth of events. The first running from March 2 through March 4 involves students who will club plastic snakes with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs. On March 11, a Missouri S&T student portraying St. Patrick will arrive in downtown Rolla with his court aboard a railway handcar.
Other events include a dance and the St. Pat's Follies in which students gather to hear jokes and participate in short competitions.
The festivities will wrap up March 14 with a parade.