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a blog – by Greg First

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival!

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival will start the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 14th and 15th during Shamrocks and Shenanigans weekend. Visitors can Wine and Chocexperience Irish heritage with activities for all ages such as Irish dancers and music, Celtic Village
vendors, Irish Heavy Games and much more!

Irish music and dancing from the Tampa Bay Pipe and Drum will be featured as well as an encore
performance of the Irish Heavy Games, led by veteran Highland and Heavy Lifting champions, Kevin Dupius and Lenny Dayton. The pair has over 18 years combined experience in competition and they coordinate six highland games tournaments throughout the South.

Highland game competitions have been a staple at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival since its
opening in 1978. The games are a combination of modern strength and ancient gaming
practices. The Highland Heavy Games Championships bring in competitors from across the globe to compete for the chance to claim the Florida State Championship title.

Saturday’s competition will be a Mixed Team Highland Game Challenge. Two teams of throwers will be selected that are comprised of athletes from the open men’s division, women’s division, and master’s division. Each will have six members per team. Sunday will be made up of an Open Competition, a traditional highland games, as well as some strongman competitions. The focus will be on allowing local athletes to compete.

Celebrate the Tampa’s Largest St. Paddy’s Day Party with the Bay Area Renaissance Festival! Marvel at the talented Irish dancers, test your stomach in the Mashed Potato Eating Contest, or show off your best kilt in the Men in Kilts Competition. Patrons are invited to stroll through the Celtic Village and visit vendors offering Irish apparel and accessories from companies such as, New World Celts, Nik-Y-Nak, Scents of Mind, Alice’s Mad Hatterverse, PheonixFire Design, and more! Of course a St. Paddy’s Day party would only be complete with Green Beer Tastings in the Realm!

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is a first-class experience whose 37th season began on February 14th and ends on March 29th, 2015. The Festival is open weekends, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Festival is open from 10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine. Admission at the gate: Adults $19.95; Children 5-12 $11.95; four and under are free! Discount tickets are available at participating Circle K and Walgreens stores, at MOSI, or online at http://www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com.

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