St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal

Thank you to the 2017 Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal, Terry Bloodworth.

Terry is owner and resident artist at Springfield Hot Glass, located in downtown Springfield. He opened the gallery/studio in 2003 after a 25-year career at Silver Dollar City.

Since 2003 Terry, along with his son Gabriel and fellow glass artist Kathy McCormick, have created handmade art glass housewares and art installations. Springfield Hot Glass’s work has won “Best of Show”, “Best of Class”, and “Awards of Merit” at both local and regional art shows and has been featured in exhibitions at Spiva Art Center and Third Degree Glass in St. Louis.

Terry’s association with Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes back more than a decade when he began creating the event’s awards. A lifelong follower of Irish music and literature, Terry’s interest deepened following two visits to Ireland. His wife Julie has deep roots in Ireland through her late mother’s family in County Kerry.

Terry considers being chosen Grand Marshal of The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade a great honor and wishes everyone, whether Irish by blood or Irish by soul, a very happy St. Pat’s Day.

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