Four years ago, the Shell Factory decided to hold a small celebration for St. Patrick's Day, and it was a humble hit.
Today, the St. Patrick's Day Bash has become one of the biggest events of the year, and it's only going to get bigger Friday as, for the first time, the entire event will be outside after the Dolphin Room nearly burst at the seams last year with nearly 1,000 people in attendance.
The event will feature a dance floor and Irish dancers who will do shows at 1:30p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as green beer and corned beef and cabbage. At 5:30 p.m., there will be an adult costume contest, with prizes for best male and female, most Irish, funniest and Best in Show.
This is the first of several events the Shell Factory is putting on. The following weekend will be Goldenfest at the dog park, followed by Easter and the Taste of North Fort Myers in April.
Tupper added that in May the Shell Factory plans to add overnight campouts in the Nature Park on Saturdays through the month of May and June.
The Shell Factory and Nature Park is at 2787 N Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers.