Irish Heritage Festival this Saturday in Hanceville


Hanceville’s second annual Irish Heritage Festival is this Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Cullman Tribune file photo)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Put on your dancing shoes (and don’t forget to wear green!) for Hanceville’s second annual Irish Heritage Festival this Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will be held in historic downtown Hanceville.

Founded in 1932 by Irish settlers, Hanceville plans to celebrate its Irish roots with authentic Irish music, dancing and drinks. The event is free, but be sure to bring some money as craft vendors will be offering their wares. Beverage and food vendors will also be there. To make sure everyone is feeling Irish, plenty of Irish “swag” will be available for purchase.

The festival is organized by Hanceville Friends of the Festival, which has put together a packed lineup of entertainment, including Black Market Haggis, A Shamrock in Kudzu, Chuck Carpenter and Tommy Chapman. Dancers from The O'Faoláin Academy of Irish Dance will also performing. 

The festival will get started with a Celtic Doggie Parade at 10 a.m. (All dogs must be leashed at all times, and don’t forget to be courteous. Please pick up after your pooches as they celebrate at the festival.) 

Festival schedule 

10-11 a.m. Celtic Doggie Parade

11 a.m.-noon Chuck Carpenter and Tommy Chapman, Magnolia Stage

12:30-1:30 p.m. A Shamrock in Kudzu, Magnolia Stage

2-3:30 p.m. Black Market Haggis, Magnolia Stage

3:30-4 p.m. O'Faoláin Academy of Irish Dance, Magnolia Stage

4-5 p.m. Black Market Haggis workshop/jam session

A play area for the kids will also be set up, including inflatables and bouncy houses. 

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