St. Paul, Minn. (July 31, 2013) --- The 2013 Irish Fair of Minnesota, a three-day annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture, will be held Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 on Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. With nearly 100,000 attendees each year, this event is the largest free celebration of its kind in the Upper Midwest.
Once again, the Irish Fair of Minnesota will provide a family-friendly experience featuring a multitude of activities, including traditional music, Irish dance, Gaelic sports, a Children’s Tent,
an Irish Authors Literary Corner, native Irish dogs, the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, a variety of Irish shopping opportunities, and an array of food and beverage options to enjoy.
The festivities will also include a “short” fundraiser to help keep the Irish Fair free, the Couch Potato Zero K – a three-foot foot “race.” It costs only $25 to participate and at the finish line,
racers will receive a souvenir t-shirt, a pint of Finnegan’s (if of age, of course) and a bag of Barrel O’ Fun potato chips.
From internationally-known to locally-grown, the three entertainment stages will feature some of the best Irish music. A sampling of bands already booked include: Gaelic Storm, Screaming Orphans, FullSet, The Belfast Cowboys, The Tossers, Boiled in Lead, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Katie McMahon, HiBs, The Irish Brigade, Hounds of Finn, and The Tim Malloys.
Hours for the 2013 Irish Fair are Friday, August 9 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 11pm. and Sunday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sponsors of the 2013 Irish Fair of Minnesota include: Metro Transit, Cara Irish Pubs (Cooper Pub, The Liffey, The Local, and Kieran’s Irish Pub), Finnegan’s Irish Amber, Guinness, Harp
Lager, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Angry Orchard, Morrissey’s Irish Pub, Buick/GMC, Nokomis Chiropractic, US Foods, Envy Skin Clinic, Irish on Grand, and Renewal by Anderson.
Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and volunteer-driven organization that provides an opportunity for individuals to express passion for their heritage, support the Irish cultural
renaissance, and strengthen the vitality of new immigrant communities in Minnesota.