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Get Lucky with Local St. Patty’s Day Festival

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE

It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find the biggest St. Patty’s Day pub crawl in Northern California.

Just head to downtown Modesto on Saturday, March 21 for Lucky Fest.

“Lucky Fest is 25 pubs built from the ground up for one day only,” explained Chris Ricci, the event’s organizer. “There is something for every patron to do at every bar, and it doesn’t cost money to participate in activities. We have such a wide variety of entertainment available that there will be something there for everyone!”

Lucky Fest isn’t another “stand with a beer holding a sausage” event, Ricci notes. It’s an original, interactive festival where guests are encouraged to experience as many pubs as possible, each offering different games and activities.

“It’s a festival that comes to you. If you are open to trying new things and having a good time, you really can’t go wrong.”

While the concept of Lucky Fest has remained the same since its 2010 inception, organizers work to improve the festival every year. A new express entrance system lets guests gain fast access to the 2015 Lucky Fest, more clean, flushable toilets will await festgoers, beverage service will be improved, and new pub management systems will manage noise pollution and sound overlap.

“We also try to add new things every year,” Ricci said. “This year we have new attractions including Human Foosball, Boom Box Saintz (a larger than life boom box built on a RV that plays all the hits), improvements to the Paddy Wagon pub that include a hourly Jail Break and Lethal Injections (that patrons actually enjoy and are fun), and Irish Angling!

“Lucky Fest has something for everyone,” Ricci continued. “Whether you like stand- up comedy, live music, DJs, Irish beers, a live game show, whiskey, mustaches, professional wrestling, the chicken dance, trash can beer pong, or simply shenanigans, it’s an event you can’t possibly miss.”

Lucky Fest’s gates open at 3 p.m. and the party continues until 2 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at luckyfestmodesto.com or participating Boyett Petroleum, Metro PCS, and La Perla Tapatia locations. Advance tickets are $12 for general admission or $20 for express entrance (which includes indoor bathroom privileges). Tickets at the gate are $20 for general admission and $30 for express entrance.

Lucky Fest is presented by Chris Ricci Presents, Damsweet Productions, and Guinness.

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