August 8 thru August 10 at Harriet Island

You don’t have to be Irish to have a great time at the Irish Fair of Minnesota aka Largest FREE Irish Fair in the Nation. Just put on your dancing shoes and head for Harriet Island for a day or two or three and you will be entertained by local and international musicians and dancers.

Music fills the air throughout the island and if you don’t get out there and dance to the tunes I guarantee you will be tapping your toes.  List of the bands:  http://www.irishfair.com/2014-musical-lineup

Sheep herding draws a large crowd. It’s always fun to watch the sheepdog bring those sheep together and herd them into the gated area and sometimes it’s just really exciting. On a visit last year with my grandson one of the sheep headed out of the roped field area right next to us causing us to step back.  The speed with which the dog went after that sheep and brought her back into the arena was amazing. Unfortunately it happened too quick and we were too close for me to get video.

You can cheer for the athletes competing in Gaelic sports. Hurling which is considered to be the world’s fastest field sport may also be one of the oldest sports having been played for over 3,000 years. It’s origin is Gaelic and Irish. Here I captured a little girl trying to figure out how to play the game. The “Hurley” (stick) is bigger than she is, but I think she’s got it.

Through Shanachie storytellers, historians, scholars, artisans and permanent displays you will learn about the rich cultural history of the Irish, their immigration and their arrival in America. The ancient storytellers kept track of important information for their clan and relayed this information through story telling.

You will see Irish dogs — the setters and the wolfhounds — and so much more.    I could post more pictures, but you need to experience this event, take your own pictures and make your own memories.

The food is varied and sooo good and of course you’ll want to visit the Tea Room.  The Marketplace is filled all things Irish from Kilts to home decorations.

Be sure to visit their website before going to the fair.   There are special events which require tickets and there are a few rules – like you might want to bring your own chairs or blankets and you cannot bring in food.  There are also schedules of all the events.  Have a great time and do contact us at littleusatrips@charter.net and tell us about your experiences at the Minnesota Irish Fair!




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