is known for its festivals. These events bring the people
together for spirited times and enduring community.
Held on the last teen Saturday in November, Founders Day
is a celebration of Samuel Dale Irwin’s founding of
the town. Barksdale Drive is transformed into a carnival-like
atmosphere, with prizes and games available to kids and
a town-wide garage sale for the adults. Watch SkyHank catch
and carve the ceremonial town turkey!
The Swoop’n’Mosey is a twice-a-year (third weekends
in February and August) showcase in which Irwinians invite
out-of-towners to “Swoop” in and “Mosey”
around. A Friday nigh Fish Fry kicks everything off, featuring
Louisiana catfish coated in a rich and vibrant seasoning
concocted by Irwin’s own Bennie Clemm.
Besides having fun, the primary purpose of the Swoop’n’Mosey
is to showcase area businesses--with sidewalk sales and
turn-back-the-calendar discounts demonstrating Irwin’s
rich history of commerce. While in town, visitors can sample
the cuisine at Irwin’s local dining establishments,
Millie’s and Casa del Food. Or, they can take part
in one of three eating contests: pie, slaw, and—new
in 2002, ’dillo. Live music includes local bands and
the Choral Union Singers, bringing together in harmony the
choirs of six different Irwin-area churches.
Enjoy fine swining. ROOT for the home team! The Summer Olympigs
are held in conjunction with the Summer Swoop’n’Mosey.
Contests and events involving people (and pigs) of all ages.
Meet the ILHS Skyhawk gridiron gang and wish them luck for
the upcoming season.
ILHS Homecoming Parade (Irwin part) – dates vary
Irwinter Wonderland Christmas Season Parade – second
Saturday in December
Private folk art auctions held downtown every Saturday at
ILHS Drama –
Show – Wednesday of homecoming week
Irwin-Lauder High School has many teams. The Skyhawks are
Division 2A, and they boast 3 winning seasons in girls’
volleyball since 1993.
Baseball and girl’s basketball are also competitive.
In addition to ILHS, Irwin has youth leagues in both softball
and baseball and an adult softball league. Congratulations
to Master Taxidermy for fielding champions in both Pop Warner
baseball and adult softball. Tee ball champions are B&S
Auto Salvage. Girl’s softball title goes to Insurance