Irish Fair of Minnesota
The weekend is a celebration of all aspects of Irish culture. It show a reverence for Irish immigrant settlers in
The festival will have music, sporting events, dancing and workshops on Gaelic language, genealogy, Irish instruments and crafts. Boxing exhibitions, popular at past festivals, will continue through the weekend with scrappy Irish boxers in 1920s-style attire. The fair also will feature its second Idol Contest, with competing music or dance acts that are Irish or Celtic in nature.
About 50 vendors, 15 artisans and a dozen community organizations will sell products or set up exhibits at the Saint Paul community event.
Musical headliners this year include: Flogging Molly, a band that plays traditional Irish music spiked with punk rock; the Elders, a Celtic rock band from Kansas City; The Tannahill Weavers, a Scottish band that performs a mix of rich ballads and foot-stomping jigs and reels; the Fuchsia Band from County Cork in Ireland; Scythian, led by two fiddlers, and Stephen's Green, a Dublin duo that entertains with traditional Irish tunes and humor. Also performing will be