July 10, 2008

Organizers Have Big Plans for Irishfest

By Geri Parlin, La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Jul. 10--What's got strong men hurling cabers and stones, the welcome scent of soda bread, and as much Celtic music as your ears can handle?

Irishfest, of course. Organiz-ers gathered Wednesday to talk about this year's festival, which will be Aug. 8 to 10 at the South Side Oktoberfest grounds. While there will be plenty of music, including perennial favorite Gaelic Storm, lots of new things will be offered as well at this year's festival.

President Pat Stephens said Irishfest always has merged culture and fun, throwing in a dollop of education with big helpings of music, food and games.

"We do have a great community that enjoys the outdoors," he said, and Irishfest takes advantage of that by offering plenty of activities.

Admission is $6 a day, which Stephens called a great deal since some of the bands performing at Irishfest command much larger ticket prices when they play other venues.

New this year will be a tug of war for adults, a baking contest, an Irish play and highland games for children. Yes, this is the one place your child can feel free to throw rocks -- but only at the official Rock Throw.

For more information and a schedule, go online to http://irishfestlax.org.

Geri Parlin can be reached at [email protected] or (608) 791-8225.


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