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Spring Fever! It’s here and it’s contagious….
Spring Fever!  It’s here and it’s contagious….

The daffodils are beginning to bloom, the garden centers are prominently displaying gerber daisies – you all know what day is near and it’s NOT hump day.  On the contrary, we all likely have the same fever, spring fever that is.

This year’s first day of spring falls on March 20th, right smack in the middle of our month long St. Patrick’s Festival, so you cannot NOT find something fun to do in your own town of Dublin, Georgia.  With the Festival officially beginning a few days back, you may have missed the kite flying day on Springdale but some of our biggest events are yet to take place.

In the coming weekend of March 7th and 8th, First Friday returns to Downtown Dublin.  With the family friendly fun and tunes in the night, comes the now annual Pig in the Park BBQ Contest featuring some of the best eats in all the Southeast.  The cooking commences Friday afternoon with many of the grills doing an all-nighter to produce those yummy meats by judging on Saturday.  Don’t miss the award ceremony at 2:30pm; suggestion – come with an empty stomach.  The next weekend offers events of excellent proportion as well, bringing more than three opportunities to enjoy the balloon festival.  Packing a picnic with friends and family and copping a squat at Southern Pines Park is a great way to enjoy the outside and get in some quality family time.  Glowing balloons are a treat for any family member on Saturday evening.

A few of the more serious events take place the week of the 17th.  St. Patrick’s Day proper starts off with the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Irish Chamber Breakfast, followed the next day by the Little Leprechaun Contest.  And Thursday brings one of our most favorite opportunities to eat too much, talk with our mouths full, and enjoy great company at the Exchange Club’s Pancake Supper.  All of these are just warm up to Saturday, March 22nd – Super Saturday!

Jump start your Super Saturday with a nice walk or run at the Leprechaun Road Race.  Sponsored by Fairview Fitness Center, their Aerobic and Group Exercise Team will get you pumped up before the blow horn start, but don’t forget to register by Friday evening at 7pm.  Following the Road Race, head to Downtown Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Parade and a visit to the now returned to Downtown, Arts & Crafts Festival.  They are the perfect reasons to visit the new shops and enjoy some of our great restaurants.  Be sure to spend some time in the Bicentennial Plaza as well; and bring your camera because “Lucky” the Leprechaun is sure to be around.

These events are just a few of the great opportunities to get out and enjoy Dublin, St.Patrick’s festivities, and each other during the month of March.  Find more information on what is happening this month at dublinstpatricks.com.  Never miss the chance to spread the fever – spring fever that is.

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