Watertown— The North Country Goes Green Irish Festival is almost upon us; as of March 15th the North Country will celebrate the 28th annual Irish Festival.
According to Secretary and organizer for the Irish Festival, Patti Shaughnessy, plans are well underway. There will be entertainment, activities, and food all weekend long. There will be plenty of things to do for people of all ages. There will be activities for children on Saturday, however most of the activities for kids and family will be held on Sunday.
Friday, March 15th Festival opens at 5:30 p.m.
· Beard Growing Contest
· Entertainment in the evening
o The Prodigals
Saturday, March 16th
· 11 a.m. – until midnight, Entertainment on two different floors
o Whisky of the Damned will play in the evening
· Shamrock run
· 6:30 p.m. Show – Willouby Brothers (flying in from Ireland)
o $15 includes the show and admission to the Irish festival on Saturday
Sunday, March 17th
· 1 p.m. Parade
o Begins on Flower Avenue East
o Ends at the State Office Building
· Children’s time after the parade
· 5pm Festival ends
Sunday is special admission price of $6 for a family and $2 for an individual. The festival is a yellow ribbon event so military get $1 off of admission. Children under 12 years old get in free for the entire weekend.
Proceeds from the Irish Festival will go to “Project Children North” which brings kids from Ireland for 6 weeks in the summer. The kids stay with local host families and get the opportunity to experience the United States.
The proceeds from the festival also goes to scholarships and other charities such as Wounded Warrior, USO, Credo Foundation, Urban Mission and food pantries within the tri-county area.