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Shell Factory to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Monday

March 12, 2014
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

For those who plan to wear the green, the Shell Factory is planning festival for St. Paddy's Day.

The family attraction will hold its second annual St. Patrick's Day Party from 2 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Swamp Bar.

There will be live music, a costume contest, and lots of Irish food and drink, and all the attractions will be open, including the nature park, fun park and pony and camel rides.

Last year's event was more like a warm up, with limited attendance, said Rick Tupper, marketing director of the Shell Factory.

"We decided on a low-key event last year. The only real expense was a DJ and some door prizes," Tupper said. "But we had one group get all dressed up, so it was a good time."

This year the fun has expanded, with live music from Mike Glean, who plays on Sundays at the Shell Factory. There will be a dance floor for people to dance to Irish and contemporary music and a bigger area to come to, and a 50/50 pot of gold.

"We're looking to get 300 to 400 people. We want to at least double the size of what we did before. And everything will be open," Tupper said. "There will be specials for those who bring their kids."

Tupper said he doesn't worry too much about the competition, saying many people go to the same place year after year and they aren't going after that crowd.

"Being that it's one of the busier days of the year, we're looking for a local crowd. We want to provide a local venue and instead of travelling to Cape Coral or South Fort Myers, we decided to do something here that's closer," Tupper said.

Meanwhile, 2014 is shaping up already as a good year. Revenues and attendance have grown for the first two months.

Upcoming events include the Taste of North Fort Myers on April 27 and Motor Mania on May 4.



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