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Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:06 am

BY Megan Soult

NEWS-TIMES

Get a taste of Ireland right here in Carteret County during the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

The fun is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Emerald Plantation shopping center, and admission to the festival, as well as parking, is free.

Though the festival features many of the same activities as years before, one activity will not take place this year.

Festival organizers decided not to host the Little Leprechaun Contest this year to accommodate the rules for the Main Tent, which require all those who enter to be over the age of 21. The contest was held in the Main Tent in previous years.

“Since implementing the 21 and over only for the Beer Tent, it has grown increasingly difficult to ask the participating parents accompanying their children to leave without offending anyone,” said Alesia Sanderson, Emerald Isle Park and Recreation Director. “The tent remains 21 and over for the duration of the festival moving forward.”

However, the festival will still host many of the same fan-favorite activities, such as amusement rides, live music and family-friendly fun.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Transportation Impact and will feature more than 75 arts and crafts vendors featuring items including woodworking, children’s clothing, and artists with paintings, portraits and photographs, as well as pottery.

Family oriented activities, such as clowns and static displays a climbing wall, face painters, a petting zoo and many other fun activities await festivalgoers throughout the day.

There will also be 14 nonprofit booths at the festival site offering information about their different missions.

An important part of the festival is the variety of food, and festival organizers say there will be around 20 vendors selling a wide range of food from corned beef and cabbage, gator bites, shrimp burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, Mediterranean cuisine, barbecue, funnel cakes, fried peanuts, cotton candy and more.

For those over the age of 21, the Beer Garden, which is held inside the Main Tent, will offer three types of domestic beers and three varieties of imported beers. And a St. Patrick’s Day festival would not be complete without Guinness. There will also be wine for those who are not fond of beer.

The Beer Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While not enjoying the food and beer, festivalgoers can spend the day listening to live music at two different tents.

The Main Stage will feature six live bands. Performances times are:

11 a.m.: Mark Hibbs.

Noon: 4EverAll.

1 p.m.: Violet Bell.

2 p.m.: Hank Bowman and the Outliners.

3 p.m.: pure t. mommicked.

4 p.m. Spare Change.

Music will also be performed on the

Emerald Stage.

Performance times are:

11 a.m.: Pamlico Jones.

Noon: Naked Knees.

1 p.m.: Pamlico Joe

2:30-4:30 p.m.: Now and Then.

Port City Pipes and Drums will perform bagpipe music throughout the festival grounds during event hours.

Many different amusement rides will also provide hours of entertainment during the festival.

The rides will launch the festival from 5-10 p.m. Friday with a $15 fixed price armband for unlimited rides.

Those who attend the festival are reminded that strollers are not permitted inside the main tent, and pets are not allowed on the festival grounds.

For more information, visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org.

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