$40 for a race and tour package for two ($69 value)
- Registration for the Dublin Irish Stampede 5K or 10K for two (chip-timed)
- Admission to bottling-factory tour for two
- Two floats or frostys in Old Doc’s Soda Shop
The 14th annual Dublin Irish Stampede takes place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Wright Park. Race winners in various categories receive cash prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Dublin Lions Club.
Tours take groups on an exploration of the inner workings of a 120-year-old soda-bottling facility. Inside, chemists turn real cane sugar and other ingredients into a variety of flavored sodas, and tourists can taste the drinks in a float or frosty at the end of their journey. Tours begin at 10:15 a.m. and run every 45 minutes for the rest of the day.
Dublin Bottling Works
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.