5 reasons you should go to Carroll's new St. Pat's Fest


St. Patrick's Day is kicking off early thanks to a fishy event this weekend at Carroll High School, 4524 Linden Ave. in Dayton.

The Patriot Booster Club, the Carrolleer Band Parents and The Carroll Alumni Association have teamed up for St. PAT’S Fest, a spanking new fundraiser.

Carroll's St. PAT's Fest combines a Booster Club fundraiser and the Alumni Association’s 31-year-old fish fry and into a weekend featuring a fish fry and a carnival–style family fun day.

“We wanted to broaden our base and increase attendance,” Jack Glaser, St. PAT’S Fest event chairman and a Carroll class of ’69 graduate, told Dayton.com.

Want to go?
St. PAT'S Fest
Carroll High School, 4524 Linden Ave., Dayton
The Fish Fry is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 11. Family Fun Day is noon to midnight Saturday, March 12.
Fish Fry is $18 at the door or $15 in advance at www.carrollhs.org/2016PatsFest by March 10. Admission to Saturday's Family Fun Day is free.

1.) Fried (or baked) Icelandic Cod
Glaser and his team have been up to their ears in Icelandic cod preparing for the new event. The result is a crispy and flavorful fried fish for Friday. Baked fish will also be served in addition to red beans and rice, French fries, cod slaw, beer, wine and an assortment of snacks.

2.) Take a chance

St. Pat's Fest baskets will be raffled or given away as door prizes. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

An assortment of prize baskets ranging from car care items to Yellow Springs goodies will be raffled or given away as door prizes both days. Friday night features Blackjack, Texas Hold’ Em, Irish Mug Slide, Crazy Ball and other games of chance.

3.) Irish Entertainment
Saturday will feature a whole day of Irish entertainment,  including nearly every Irish dance club in the Dayton area. The Dulahan Irish Band will perform from 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.  The Carroll Jazz Band and CHS Call for Talent winners will perform during the day.

4.) An Irish feast
There will be an assortment of carnival-style food Saturday, but you won't want to pass up the Irish grub – corned beef, Irish stew, soda bread, Irish coffee, beer and wine.

5.) Fun for the wee lads and lassies
Children's activity on Saturday by Fiddler's Corner Entertainment includes the  Zoot Theatre Company puppets, Celtic storytellers and the Leprechaun Magic show. The $10 Lad & Lassie Package ticket includes Shamrock Shenanigans crafts, a Scavenger Hunt, Irish Sweets Walk, Kiss the Blarney Stone, Leprechaun Bowling, Dragon Putt-Putt and other games and activities.

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