The Koroit Irish Festival is returning to the town's theatre for its opening ceremony after changed coronavirus restrictions now allow for 100 per cent capacity.
Festival president Adele MacDonald said the easing of restrictions on April 9 allowed for the Koroit Theatre to return to full capacity.
"We had planned to go to the basketball stadium to allow for more people," she said. "But the change allows us to remain in our home."
The three-day event kicks off on April 30 at the Koroit Theatre with the opening night concert featuring Melbourne Rose of Tralee, a sing-a-long, quiz and tribute to Frank "Tuddy" Bowman.
To align with coronavirus restrictions, tickets must be bought for the weekend event and Mrs MacDonald said a sell-out was imminent.
"This is the first time we've had tickets and it's looking like it will be our first sell-out," she said. "Friday night is always a full house and it's already sold-out with only a few tickets left for Saturday and Sunday.
"I think it's a true indication of the love that people have for the Koroit Irish Festival and for newcomers who have heard and seen it, it's fantastic they want to get onboard and become a part of such a wonderful community event."
The festival committee were forced to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event amid the pandemic, but Mrs MacDonald said it had been wonderful to see people and businesses get onboard for the festival.
"This year I think the festival means more, not only to the people who missed out last year, but for the town after having all the restrictions.
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