You don’t have to be Irish to have a good time at the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival coming next month.
DORA invites local residents to wear some green and bring family and friends to the festival, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday, March 16, on Memorial Plaza in downtown Orangeburg.
“For a Friday night when you get off work, this is a great thing, just to grab your friends and your neighbors, your kids, your grandparents, and enjoy some music, have the chance to purchase some good food and fellowship with others and just have a good time,” DORA Executive Director Candice Roberson said.
The celebration will feature music and dancing on the main stage with the 2017 DORA Battle of the Bands gold winner, Fame Band and Show.
Lawn chairs are welcome, and children age 12 and under dressed in green will get a special gift from the Downtown Leprechaun.
“We make our festival family-friendly and it’s just available for all ages to come out and have a good time right here in your hometown,” Roberson said.
“Or if you’re a county over, in Bamberg County or Calhoun County, we encourage you just to drive on in to downtown Orangeburg and check out this free event,” she added.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
“Tea Thyme will be a vendor again this year, and they’re going to have some traditional Irish entrees to purchase,” Roberson said.
“We’re also going to have Thelma’s on Russell Street,” she said. “We are still looking for one more food vendor so we’ll hopefully get that filled soon.”
Also, adult beverages will be available with proper identification.
“We will have beer and wine available for festival goers who are 21 years and over,” Roberson said.
St. Patrick’s Day began as an annual feast day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed it as a holiday for more than 1,000 years, but it’s now widely celebrated by people of many different ethnicities and backgrounds.
Green clothing and shamrocks are often worn, and according to Irish tradition, those who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day risk being affectionately pinched.
The St. Patrick's Day Festival is supported by the City of Orangeburg, Downtown Orangeburg businesses, the DORA Board of Directors and DORA volunteers.
Roberson said she hopes downtown visitors will explore Orangeburg’s unique businesses and shop locally.
“We are encouraging our downtown merchants to stay open late,” she said. “So before you come out to the festival, please go downtown and stop into a new shop that you’ve never been to before and see the great things that our businesses have to offer.”
For more information, visit DORA on Facebook at www.downtownorangeburg.com or call 803-531-6186.