Dublin Irish Festival
|Dublin Irish Festival|
Dublin Irish Festival - 2006
|Dates||First weekend in August|
The Dublin Irish Festival is an annual music and cultural festival held in Dublin, Ohio. It takes place during the first weekend of August, and it attracts over 100,000 visitors to eight entertainment stages on 29 acres (120,000 m2) in and beyond Coffman Park. Activities include Irish and other Celtic music, genealogy, food and drink, dance, cultural exhibits, games, sports, arts and crafts, and children's activities. The Dublin Irish Festival Academy offers a variety of classes led by DIF performers highlighting Irish music and culture.
The event, produced and supported by the City of Dublin, is one of America's largest Irish festivals. The Columbus Feis, an internationally renowned Irish dance competition, occurs every year at the same time as the Irish Festival. The 2014 Dublin Irish Festival takes place August 1, 2 & 3. The main attractions play at stages located throughout Coffman Park, including the Killian's Celtic Rock Stage, Scotts Miracle-Gro Dublin Stage, Chase Bank Trinity Stage, Giant Eagle Irish Thunder Stage, Allstate Dean Insurance Shamrock Stage, Celtic Music House, and the Cardinal Health Ceili Dance Tent.
The Irish Festival began in 1988 with a handful of dancers and a band known as the Irish Brigade. At that time, it took place on a tennis court. In 1992, the City of Dublin became the main sponsor of the Festival. In 1993, attendance surpassed 10,000. On the Irish Festival's 10th anniversary, in 1997, attendees set the Guinness Book of World Records' record for the Largest Irish Jig. On the Irish Festival's 15th anniversary, in 2002, attendance reached 70,000. 2002 also marked Flogging Molly's debut concert at the Irish Festival. In 2006, the Festival presented Dublin Irish Festival Stout, a beer that is brewed exclusively for the Festival. In 2009, attendance exceeded 100,000 for the first time.
Wee Folk Area
The Wendy's Wee Folk area features free activities, entertainment and crafts. Activities include magicians, storytellers, and Irish dance lessons. Another feature are vendors unique to the Wee Folk area. Children will have the opportunity to make a candy straw or have their faces painted. There is also Irish contests for reddest hair, greenest eyes and most freckles. Children will have access to the Pot O'Gold Playland, a game area with inflatable rides, Gaelic games, and a climbing wall.
Dublin Irish Festival 5K and Kids Fun Run/Walk
Every year the Irish Festival has a 5K in which the contestants wear green. As of 2012, the Irish Festival will be having a kids run in addition to the normal 5K.
The Cultural Activities will allow participants to visit the past as they learn to play ancient Irish musical instruments, discover information about Irish history and traditions, and view demonstrations on ancient ways of life.
Each year there is a beverage tasting for adults. These include beer tastings, Irish whiskey tastings and as of 2011 the festival has included a mead tasting. In addition to the beverage tasting, the Festival has its own stout exclusively brewed for the event.
The Irish Festival features an area presenting multiple dog breeds that originate from Ireland.
On Sunday the Irish Festival opens with a traditional Irish breakfast and an American breakfast. In addition, the Festival also offers multiple Sunday services, including a Catholic Mass in Irish Gaelic, a Catholic Mass in English, an Episcopal U2charist Service, and a Druid Service.
Before the Irish Festival begins, people will have the opportunity to attend a variety of classes that focus on Irish music and culture.
The Irish Festival hosts a variety of sporting events for attendees to participate in, including cornhole and a darts tournament. In addition the Festival presents the Highland Heavyweight Games. The games are a tribute to the ancient tradition when warring clans would battle with each other to prove their strength and agility. Attendees will watch as the teams compete in events such as the caber toss, stone put, weight throw, weight-over-bar, sheaf toss and hammer toss. A bagpipes showcase will also be available for viewing.
Gathering of Redheads
Redheads will have the opportunity to be a part of the Midwest's Largest Gathering of Redheads. A group photograph will also be taken.
Since 2003, The Irish Festival has featured large sand sculptures, showcasing Irish life and themes.
In 2006, the Festival was awarded an EXPY from Experience Columbus. The 2007 Festival was recognized by the International Festivals and Events Association with the Silver Grand Pinnacle Award, recognizing top events in the world. It was also selected by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 events for 2009. The 2011 Irish Festival was honored with 7 International Festival and Events Association Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards. The Festival received gold in Best New Single Sponsor Program, Best TV Promotion Ad Spot and Best Merchandise. Silver in Best Social Media Site and Best T-Shirt Design. Also the Festival took bronze in Best Individual Sponsorship Program and Best Single Magazine Display Ad.
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