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FAB Crawl creator Keith Suttles celebrates the St. Patrick's Day holiday at last year's downtown Morganton event.

The luck of the Irish will return to downtown Morganton for the next installment of FAB Crawl, which again will take on a St. Patrick’s Day flair on Saturday, March 14.

Twenty-six downtown stores, restaurants, breweries and studios are set to participate in this FAB Crawl — food, art and brews — which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and feature Irish-themed specialty items, music and promotions.

“For this FAB Crawl, I love the way our businesses take the theme and just have fun with it,” said Abby Nelson, marketing and events coordinator for the Morganton Main Street Office. “This is the second year that we’ve done a St. Patrick’s-themed FAB Crawl, and I’m expecting just as much enthusiasm and support this year.

“There were bands and chef’s specials, and it just felt like the town turned green in support of the fun event (last year). I’m just really looking forward to an equally as good or even better event this year.”

As usual, FAB Crawlers are encouraged to roam from business to business downtown to get a punch card marked at each participating store. Those who get at least 13 punches on their card will be eligible to win three prize packages.

Here is a list of downtown businesses participating in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day FAB Crawl, as well as special promotions they are offering:

» Adventure Bound Books: Find a pot of leprechaun’s treasure hidden somewhere in the store to receive a 25 percent discount on a purchase (valid March 14 only). Several will be hidden throughout the day (only one find per customer). Also, there will be snacks and crafts/coloring for kids and an author event with Sarah Shaber.

» Aqua B Boutique: Twenty percent discount in the store and light refreshments.

» Bella Vino Trattoria and Wine Garden

» Bigfoot Climbing Gym

» Breathe Yoga and Pilates: Ten percent off of all class packages purchased on March 14, plus discounts on retail items.

» Brown Mountain Bottleworks: Green beer, barbecue and pimento cheese sandwiches by the winners of Give Cheese a Chance, along with music by the Bardic Alchemy Celtic band from 7:30-10 p.m.

» Burke Arts Council

» Catawba Brewing Co.: Music by a Celtic band from 8-11 p.m. plus a selection of Irish beers and optional green beer.

» Craft’d

» Fonta Flora Brewery

» Food Matters Market and Café: Featuring house-made Irish bangers in the meat department

» Green Eggs and Jam

» The Grind Café and Coffeehouse

» Hamilton Williams Gallery and Studio

» Hot Box Vintage: Ten percent off.

» Main Street Jams

» Moondog Pizza: Cold brew Irish coffee cocktail, food specials and band. Food specials include items such as Irish nachos, beer cheese garlic knots, shepherd’s pie pizza and Irish coffee custard.

» Mountain Gallery and Gifts: Free green beads and pins giveaway.

» Reece Winery

» Salon91: Featuring artist Danny Bernard, snacks and wine while supplies last.

» Swede’s Café: Local vendor popup featuring eight vendors and key lime scones.

» The Natural Olive and Co.

» The Nook Homebrew and Tavern: Featuring Guinness and Irish red ales.

» Toasted and Rolled: Lucky Charms ice cream, specialty brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls and lucky ice cream floats.

» Treat: Menu featuring fish and chips entree and lemon basil cocktail.

» West Union Art Studio: Door prizes and ceramic Irish gold for kids.

Nelson encouraged potential FAB Crawlers to stay up-to-date on Downtown Morganton social media and downtownmorganton.com to stay apprised of more promotions, discounts and entertainment to be announced in the coming weeks.

Participation in the FAB Crawl is free and the Ridgeline Trolley will again be in service for the event to take crawlers to and from various spots downtown. For more information, contact the Morganton Main Street Office by phone at 828-438-5252, by email at info@downtownmor ganton.com, or in person at 112B W. Union St. in downtown.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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