This year's Blarney Bash -- to be held from noon to 11 p.m. March 18 at 555 Metro Place -- will feature a new tent and activities for children.

The Wee Folk Tent will be open from noon to 5 p.m.

Activities include crafts, face-painting, magic shows, Irish dancing clinics and animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The new addition was a response to the event's continued growth and to accommodate additional activities for more age groups in activities, said Cindy Groeniger the event's co-chairwoman.

Groeniger is organizing the event with the other co-chairman, Raj Hora.

The Blarney Bash is the Dublin A.M. Rotary club's largest fundraiser And helps support various charities, Groeniger said.

The event features daytime activities for families, and attractions for adults in the evening, Groeniger said.

"It's a fun day, all-around, for everyone," she said.

The main tent will feature entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Reaganomics are the headline act and they will take the stage at 9 p.m., she said.

Prior to that, attendees will be able to watch performances by the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, the Ladies of Longford, the Rice Brothers, Jacked Up and Buzzard Kings.

Food trucks also will be on site for the duration of the event.

Scheduled to attend are Pitabilities, Kenny's Meat Wagon, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Giant Concessions, A cut Above-Schnitzel & More, Culver's, Mathias & Sons Pizzeria and Liberty Kettle Corn.

Evening events for adults will include whiskey and beer tastings, Hora said.

A darts tournament is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased via eventbrite.com for $8 or $10 the day of the event.

Children 11 years old and younger will be admitted for free.

Proceeds will go toward the Dublin A.M. Rotary Charitable Foundation.

Ten percent of the profits will be donated to the Dublin Food Pantry and the MidOhio Food Bank.

The event will be held rain or shine. Designated parking will be available in various areas at Metro Place North and South.

March 18 parade

The Blarney Bash will follow the city of Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Celebration Parade March 18.

Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with the inflation celebration.

That is when volunteers will begin inflating the multiple large parade balloons such as shamrocks, an Irish teddy bear and more.

The parade will step off at 11 a.m. The procession will start at Metro Place North, then travel north on Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street (state Route 161) and south on High Street in Historic Dublin before ending at Waterford Drive.

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