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Irish Fest, mixed martial arts event, cycling series slated for St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – Three organizations seeking to hold events in St. Charles this year have cleared the first hurdle toward gaining City Council approval.



The events are a mixed martial arts event March 9 at the DuPage Expo Center; an Irish Fest on March 15 to 17 at McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub; and the Prairie State Cycling Series on July 21 in downtown St. Charles.



Although the Government Services Committee recommended approval of the events, aldermen had concerns about each proposal and put limits on some requests.



Aldermen voted to limit the American Predator Fighting Championship’s mixed martial events event to those 18 and older. Second Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner noted the council had done that for a previous sponsor, and it would be fair to do the same for this sponsor.



Fourth Ward Aldermen Jo Krieger and Jim Martin spoke against the amplified music proposed for the Irish Fest because many residents have complained about noise from other events, such as RiverFest and Scarecrow Fest.



Second Ward Alderman Cliff Carrignan said the noise might not be as much of a nuisance because residents likely won’t have their windows open in March.



“It could be 70 degrees,” Martin said.



The committee recommended approval of ending alcohol service at 11:30 p.m. and music at 10:30 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 8 p.m. March 17. McNally’s had requested an 11:30 p.m. deadline for music March 15 and 16 and a midnight deadline for alcohol service on those nights.



Aldermen OK’d street closures – including the Illinois Street Bridge and the Prairie Street Bridge – for the second annual Prairie State Cycling Series but noted the loudspeakers shouldn’t be used much earlier than the first race. Last year, Krieger said, sound checks began at 6:50 a.m.



Carrignan described last year’s event as a spectacular day.



“We’re becoming a destination known for cycling,” he said.

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