Enquirer Herald

Clover to go green Saturday

The town of Clover will celebrate its Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day Saturday with festival fun that will include a treasure hunt, leprechaun leap and an Irish strongman competition.

It’s all part of the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival — which this year falls on the actual day.

A treasure hunt for the first 40 children ages 12 and under is a new feature of the event, said special events coordinator Ashley Neelands, with the town’s recreation department.

She said kids can pick up the first clue at the Town Hall booth.

“There are about seven clues,” Neelands said. “At the end they find a treasure — a gold coin — and they can bring it back to the Town Hall booth. That’s where they can register for a grand prize.”

The hunt also includes some surprises along the way, she said.

Town Manager Allison Harvey said the treasure hunt will encourage kids and their parents to walk throughout the festival.

“We’re just going to pray for good weather, and we look forward to a big crowd,” she said. “It’s going to be unique, because this is the first time in a while that the festival actually falls on St. Patrick’s Day.

“We look forward to seeing a lot of people in their green and supporting Clover,” Harvey said.

Neelands said one performance stage for local entertainment will be located in front of the Clover YMCA. “We’ve got a karate performance, the jugglers are coming from Kinard Elementary and we’ve got chorus and tap from Larne Elementary,” Neelands said.

A second stage, located at the end of Knox Street, will be for the Contagious Blues Band, which will perform from noon to 4 p.m.

Vendors will be set up for the street festival, which begins at 10 a.m., with crafts, food, amusement rides and other attractions, she said. Special events during the day include an 11 a.m. Irish strong man competition and a 1 p.m. dog show.

“We have lots of vendors,” Neelands said. “We have new vendors and we have some returning vendors. We’ve got crafts and food and giveaways, anything and everything.”