On an average day in St. Patrick, MO., Postmaster Kenneth Krueger sends anywhere from 10 to 20 letters. But, that all changes in March.
"We have probably 10 to 20 times normal business," said Krueger.
Krueger said THE St. Patrick post office was on the list of offices to close, but the annual holiday keeps them in business because St. Patrick, MO. is the one and only.
"St. Patrick Mo. Is the only St. Patrick in the world where you can come and get your postcards mailed, your letters mailed, all your St. Patrick's greetings," said gift shop owner Marcia Hardin.
St. Patrick themed mailings began as a fundraising effort.
"We wanted to raise money to build a shrine here," said lifelong resident Emma Danker.
Danker has lived in St. Patrick her whole life. She says many of the people who contributed to the shrine years ago keep sending money, and St. Patrick has kept sending envelopes.
This year more than 300 people came to the festivities in the unincorporated town, which is usually home to just 20.
"It is very good for business," said Hardin.
"I always buy some trinkets while I'm here," said Ava Potterfield.
But Danker said fewer regular hours at the post office puts what she considers the most special thing about St. Patrick's Day in St. Patrick at risk.
"We don't know how much longer we're going to be able to have the post office because it's only four hours a day now," said Danker.
For this year, visitors were still able to name the famed envelopes out to friends and loved ones.
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