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Medford businesses prepare for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

4 Daughters Irish Pub opened on Friday prepared to serve hundreds of people for St. Patrick's Day. (KTVL/Mike Marut)

Medford, Ore. - On Friday, people across the nation celebrate St. Patrick's Day in their own ways.

"March Madness is going on but today it's all about corned beef and cabbage," 4 Daughters Irish Pub general manager Jarrod Spencer said.

At the pub - the self-proclaimed only Irish pub in Medford - people sat down for traditional St. Patrick's Day food early on, and the restaurant never emptied.

"You'll be lucky to get through the door after 6:00 tonight," Spencer said, looking forward to the line out the door.

It's not a spot for the stereotypical loud partying and drinking type of celebration.

"It's been kid-friendly since day one," Spencer said. "Seven days a week we allow children in. [It is] definitely family-oriented - all about food, friends, family, fun."

For those that like to drink Irish Car Bombs and throw back whiskey, other bars like Howiee's on Front serve that crowd.

"I'm excited to see what's going to happen being March Madness and St. Patrick's Day on a Friday night," Howiee's entertainment director, Jared Davidson, said. "I know that all of the bars around here are buckling down."

By buckling down, all the bars have all hands on deck making sure none of their customers get too out of hand.

"Safety is a number one priority when it comes to big events, especially on the weekends," Davidson said. "We add a little bit extra security, we have the extra staff coming in."

With March Madness, St. Patrick's Day and a Friday night all coming together, crowds are sure to come out and celebrate in their own way.

"I imagine it's going to be a crazy day, and night, but we're ready for it, we're excited for it," Davidson said.

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