Hanceville gears up for 4th annual Irish Festival

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The fourth annual Hanceville Irish Festival will take place Saturday, March 13 beginning at 9 a.m. (Hanceville Irish Festival) 


 HANCEVILLE, Ala.In 1832, the city of Hanceville was founded by Irish settlers and on March 13, the city will celebrate with its fourth annual Hanceville Irish Festival. The festival is hosted by local nonprofit The Friends of the Festival and will kick off at 9 a.m. with live entertainment, shopping and food. 

 The Friends of the Festival is led by local businessmen Tim Burney and Nolan Bradford. Bradford told the Tribune that many of the past years’ entertainers will return, along with a new addition.   

 The music schedule is: 

 10-11 a.m.– The O’Toole Brothers 

11:15 a.m.noon– Dave Boling 

12:30-1 p.m.– The O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance 

1:15-2:15 p.m.– A Shamrock in Kudzu 

2:30-4 p.m.- Black Market Haggis 

 Huntsville’s Dave Boling will be joining the festival for the first time. A talented musician, he specializes in playing the Uilleann pipes, Irish bagpipes. Following Boling will be last year’s crowd favorite, the O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance.  

 As always, admission to the festival is free and pets (on leashes) are welcome. Craft and food vendors will be located along Commercial Street, and don’t forget to stop and support the many shops and boutiques located in downtown Hanceville. Parts of Commercial Street and Bangor Avenue will be closed for the festival, with the stage located on Bangor.  

 Follow Hanceville Irish Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hancevilleirishfest for more information and announcements. Guests are asked to follow all Alabama COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing, and masks are strongly encouraged.  

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