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Dublin: Dublin Bottling Company Birthday Celebration

June 8, 2013 (All day)

“We are Family” theme welcomes new drinks to Dublin Bottling Company birthday celebration

The seven “New Kids” of Dublin Bottling Works will tip their caps to three new family members at the plant’s 122nd birthday celebration on Saturday, June 8.

The 1970s disco hit “We are Family” sets the theme for the annual all-day birthday party, which celebrates the founding of the bottling plant in 1891.

The brand new Texas Root Beer, Dublin Ginger Ale and Dublin Black Cherry will join the lineup of New Kids flavors which includes Dublin’s own Vanilla Cream Soda, Vintage Cola, Tart n’ Sweet Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Retro Grape, Retro Red Cream, and Orange Cream Soda.

The annual celebration is held at the downtown Dublin bottling plant which is the birthplace of bottled Dr Pepper. Visitors can enjoy samples of all the drinks, free tours of the bottling line and its museum, as well as self-guided tours of the W.P. Kloster Museum Annex across the street from the plant.

A highlight of the event is always the huge sand sculpture created by Jon Woodworth of Leander. This year’s sculpture marks a salute to recycling because the artist will create a new work of art from the 30 tons that still stands from last year’s creation when the original seven New Kids were introduced. The award-winning professional sand sculpture refers to his work as “granulized engineering.”

Free entertainment on the Celebration Park stage will be highlighted by the music of perennial favorite Layne Golden and his band.

The official cutting of the special Dublin Bottling Works cake will be at noon. The flavor of this year’s big cake will be the new Dublin Black Cherry created by Debbie Moerman of Debbie’s Specialties.

The Dublin Lions Club’s annual race, this year named the 10-5-2 Irish Stampede, will begin at 7:30 from S. Grafton at E. Elm, adjacent to Celebration Park. The race benefits local and area Lions Club projects. Registration is available online at

The Tour de Pepper bike race will begin at Dublin High School at 8 a.m. The event benefits Kids Across Cultures. Registration is available online at

The popular Alley Fest arts and crafts show and sale will be open Friday evening from 5 p.m. until dark and continue all day Saturday in Hogan’s Alley across from the bottling plant. Booth reservations are still being accepted. For more information, contact Laura Gambino at 254 485-0997.

The community’s other museums – The Ben Hogan Museum, the Dublin Historical Museum, and the Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum will be open all day for free tours. 


  • 221 South Patrick Street
  • Dublin, Texas
  • 76446


  • Contact:
    Laura Gambino
  • Phone:

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