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St. Pat's serving line

More than 1,020 meals were served at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the St. Patrick’s School gym.

PHOTO BY DENNIS BUCKLEY

A Havelock-area tradition that started in 1990 continued March 17 as more than 1,020 meals were served to St. Patrick’s Day diners at the St. Patrick’s School gym.

The holiday celebration originated at the Goodyear Recreation Center and later moved to The Isles Reception Hall before the gym addition opened at St. Patrick’s School. “It’s a blast for our church and the Havelock community,” said festival chairperson Michelle Fink at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Profit from the day of fundraising has averaged about $10,000, she added. Funds benefit St. Patrick’s church and school.

Live music was provided throughout the day. “We have a few groups that have joined our entertainment lineup for the majority of our years, but we try to add new when we can,” said Fink.

In the last few years, the festival has added the Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums bagpipers, the Lincoln Ukulele Group, the Lincoln Celtic Players and the Oasis Bluegrass Band. Among the entertainment mainstays have been the Lincoln Irish Dancers, Paddywhack, Capital City Dance Shack and the Salt Creek String Band.

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