Second Irish Spring Festival set for Saturday at Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The weariní oí the green will take place a few days early as Irish Spring Festival organizers canít wait to celebrate St. Patrickís Day and the arrival of spring.

The festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department, 221 N. Commerce St.

More than 40 vendors are expected to participate in this yearís event, which will feature lots of food, antiques, crafts, jewelry and a beer garden.

Organizers plan to expand on the success of last year, when the inaugural festival attracted more than 1,000 visitors.

Entertainment will begin at noon with the Sweet Adeline Irish Singers. The Jig ín Jive Dance Studio Irish Dancers will follow with performances at 1 and 3 p.m. City National Bank will sponsor free face-painting and balloon animals for children throughout the day.

Activities will include the Pot of Gold raffle sponsored by Union Bank and Trust. Ticket holders will have four chances to win a pot of $100 in gold coins.

Downtown Front Royal will sponsor a blarney stone that visitors can kiss for the gift of eloquence in return for a $1 donation.

There also will be prizes for best costume and best themed booth. Eddie and Nancy Swain of Stephens City won best costume last year. Jeanís Jewelers won the award for best booth.

The beer garden will feature a variety of craft and domestic beers. The $15 admission includes a souvenir lighted glass and three beers. Additional beers can be purchased for $5 each. Water, soda, coffee and tea also will be available for purchase.

The two-level food court will feature traditional Irish dishes, plus hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, fish fry barbecue, baked goods and more.

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