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Editorial: Irish Festival

Posted: February 26, 2018 3:46 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The second annual Irish Festival kicks off Saturday in downtown Camden. Created and sponsored by the Montessori School of Camden as a fundraiser for the school’s scholarships program, the event was well-received last year and by all accounts this one should be even bigger and better.

Starting with a 5K race at 9 a.m., the festival will feature a variety of activities from live music to falconry demonstrations, as well as a variety of food trucks, vendors, and of course, Irish beer -- all within an eminently walkable area downtown. This year, the festival is hosting a highland games competition as well, which has become popular in recent years, most notably at such events as the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 1,000 people to Camden; this year’s is expected to bring in even more.
We believe this to be a win/win for everybody. The city of Camden has been seeking to bring in more outdoor events into the downtown area to help promote tourism and showcase the town and the county. Residents and visitors alike enjoy opportunities to get outside and enjoy new, fun and interesting experiences. Of course, people coming into town will likely explore, shop, even stay overnight, which should be beneficial to local businesses.

We always encourage people to check out any and all goings on around the area. With springtime just around the corner, we should have plenty of opportunities to enjoy many different activities.

And we always encourage keeping the welcome mat unrolled at all times. The more people who come here and enjoy it, the more they will come back.

That can only be good for all of us.

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