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Plenty of entertainment planned for Fore!Fest

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Presidents Cup Executive Director Matt Kamienski of the PGA Tour addresses the audience as Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider (seated) listens during The Presidents Cup Upper Plaza dedication ceremony Thursday, Sept. 12. In honor of the international golf event, BriHi Square in Historic Dublin has been renamed Presidents Cup Plaza.
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Historic Dublin will be taken over by five music venues, food trucks, roaming entertainment and other activities Oct. 3.

To celebrate the Presidents Cup that will bring the best golfers from throughout the world to play at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin is throwing the Fore!Fest street festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3.

Five music venues will be set up around Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin, which will be blocked off for the event from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 3.

"We have four stages," said Alison LeRoy, Dublin events administrator.

"The fifth (music venue) is the 'Playing Through' street piano from the Dublin Arts Council," she said.

"They're having David Powers, a jazz pianist, on every hour and half hour and then it will be open for other people to play. ... That will be at the corner of Bridge and High (streets)."

The Team USA Stage will be on Bridge Street in front of the bridge that crosses the Scioto River and have bands Mojo Flow, Reaganomics and the Floorwalkers.

"It's more of a mainstream stage," LeRoy said.

An Irish is an Attitude Stage will be on the Blarney Brother's property across from the Brazenhead offering up performances from the Ladies of Longford, Clear Blue Sunday and Homeland, LeRoy said.

The 19th Hole Acoustic stage will be in the parking lot behind Starbucks and have entertainment from Lydia Loveless and the Spikedrivers.

Dublin City Schools will provide entertainment at its own stage on the lawn of Indian Run Elementary School.

"Hopefully parents will come and bring their lawn chairs," said Doug Baker, coordinator of public information for the school district.

"It's a performance in the park-type setting."

The stage will carry entertainment for three hours and the time is split between Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools.

A string quintet from Jerome will play from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by jazz music from Coffman High School from 6 to 7 p.m.

Irish Fiddle Fetish from Scioto High School will end the evening on the school stage from 7 to 8 p.m., Baker said.

Entertainment at Fore!Fest is not limited to music, though.

"We'll have strolling entertainment," LeRoy said. "We'll have jugglers and bagpipers.

"Hopefully you can walk around and run into entertainment around the district," she said.

The Presidents Cup float that appeared in the St. Patrick's Day and Independence Day parades bearing a giant version of the Presidents Cup will be on hand, LeRoy said, and the public can take pictures with it.

"It is sort of a last hurrah for it," she said.

Banners of the top 18 Dublin golf moments will be posted on the Bridge Street bridge.

Food will also be offered outside Historic Dublin restaurants.

Food trucks including Pitabilities, the Cheesy Truck and Giant Eagle Market District will be in the Starbucks parking lot.

Beer will also be available for purchase and can be carried in the roped off areas of Historic Dublin, LeRoy said.

People can choose from Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Stella Artois and Goose Island IPA.

Volunteers from the Dublin Arts Council and Nationwide Children's Hospital will sell beer and proceeds will go to the organizations, LeRoy said.

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