The Irish Spring Festival (ISF) kicked-off Sunday, with the opening ceremony, by the raising of the American Flag, Prisoner of War Flag, WV Flag, Ireland Flag and the Irish Spring Festival Flag.
Lewis County First members unveiled the newest Little Free Library after the flag raising ceremony. This is the first Little Free Library to be placed in 2017.
Following the ceremony a community dinner was held and a gospel sing followed at Ireland United Methodist Church.
This year is the first time in the history of the festival that three sisters are running against each other as queen candidates. Sisters Della Favinger, Nellie Lowther and Vera Elliot are running for Queen.
King Candidates are Bill McClain, Randy Poirier and Greg St. Clair.
Voting jars can be found at the Ireland Community Building, Tri-Lakes Connivence Store and Linda’s Country Kitchen. Votes are a penny per vote and voting will run until Friday.
The King and Queen will be announced at the coronation on Friday evening at 9 p.m.
Festival activities will resume on Thursday evening. Listed are the times and dates of the rest of the activities for the ISF:
Thursday March 16
-9 a.m. Local Elves and Urchins
(local school children visit)
-7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
-7:15 p.m. King and Queen Reception
Entertainment by local musicians
Friday March 17
-7 p.m Irish Jig (Square Dancing)
-7 p.m. Costume Contest
-8 p.m. House Decoration Winner Announcement
-8:30 p.m. Costume Contest Winners Announced
-9 p.m. King and Queen Coronation
Saturday March 18
-9 a.m. Scavenger Hunt
-9:30 a.m. Kite Fly
-10 a.m. Lucky Charm Pitch (horse shoes)
-10:30 a.m. Intermediate Harp Workshop
-10:30 a.m. Tour de Shamrock (10.5 mile bike tour)
-11 a.m. Foul Shooting Contest
-11:30 a.m. Harp Concert Rehearsal (Ireland UM Church)
-1 p.m. The March “March” (parade)
-2 p.m. Harp Concert (Ireland UM Church)
-2:30 p.m. Road Bowling
-3 p.m. Beginners harp workshop (Ireland UM Church)
-4 p.m. Just Ducky Sweepstakes (duck race)
-4:30 p.m. Budding Shamrocks (talent contest)
-6:30 p.m. Lock ‘o the Irish (bingo)
Sunday March 19
-10 a.m. Bill Richards Memorial Service (Ireland UM Church)
-Noon - 4 p.m.Quilt Turning
-1 p.m. - Snake Chase (10K Walk-Run)
-1:30 p.m. Road Bowling
-4:30 p.m. Fried Potato Contest
Monday March 20
-6 a.m. Ascent to Blarney Rock
-6:29 a.m. Vernal Equinox and Declaration of Spring
-5 p.m. Unicorn, Gremlins and Shmoos (pet show)
-6 p.m. Corn Hole and Stone Soup
All activities will be conducted in the Community Center unless otherwise stated.