March will be a busy time in Emerald Isle. There will be many exciting events planned for the month of March. The annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k races will be held on Saturday, March 10. The Marathon begins at 7 AM. The Half Marathon at 8:35 AM and the 5k at 8:45 AM. This is always a fun day and I hope you will register for this event. You can register at runsignup.com or www.emeraldislerun.com . Race proceeds will benefit the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path and the wonderful organization Little Pink Houses of Hope. The race committee has been working long and hard for this event. I would like to personally thank all the members of the committee and special thanks to Commissioner Candice Dooley who serves as Chairperson of the event. Each year they raise thousands of dollars and this year will be no exception. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the race.
A week later on Saturday, March 17 the 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival will be held from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM. The event will be held at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. This event is proudly presented by Transportation Impact. The admission to the festival is free as well as the parking. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and craft vendors, food vendors, amusement rides, face painters and many other fun, family-oriented activities. No pets are allowed on festival grounds. The main tent is open to persons 21 years and older, and no strollers are allowed in the beer tent. Questions regarding the festival should be directed to the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department at 252-354-6350. This is always a fun day and I would like to thank our town staff for all their hard work. A special thanks goes to Alesia Sanderson the Director of Parks and Rec for all of her hard work in making this fun day possible. Alesia works tirelessly each and every year to make this day a success. See you at the festival!
A new event will be taking place on Saturday, March 24 from 10 AM-12 noon. The new “Easter Eggstreme” at the Emerald Isle Rec Center. Easter themed activities and festivities will begin at 10 am. Join the Emerald Isle Bunny for festivities including a bounce house, Easter Basket Raffle, Cake Walk, egg and spoon races and much more. Children should bring an Easter basket to collect prizes. Photos with the Emerald Isle Bunny. (Please note that no official egg hunt will take place but everyone will leave with Easter treats!) Everyone is invited and NO REGISTRATION is required. This sounds like a fun event for all children.
Congratulations to the 2018 officers of the Emerald Isle Business Association. I had the privilege of installing them at the January meeting of the Business Association. The officers for 2018 are:
Jillian Farrington President
Heidi Barlow Vice President
Kim Johnson Treasurer
Melissa Young Secretary
We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of officers leading the Emerald Isle Business Association. Thanks for your leadership and for all you do for Emerald Isle.
March will be a fun month in our Town. I hope to see you around as we enjoy the month of March.