About the event
WHAT 19th annual Rochester Irish Festival
WHEN 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8
TRIVIA CONTEST 1 p.m. Saturday
SUNDAY MASS 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at the festival site, followed by a traditional Irish breakfast for $10 per person
WHERE Camp Eastman, 1301 Lake Shore Blvd., Irondequoit
ADMISSION $8 in advance at the Irish Import Shop, Buckmanís Plaza, Greece; $10 at the door; $20 for a weekend pass (in advance only)
THREE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 1 Ten live bands. Performers include national performer Andy Cooney; a Friday Happy Hour with local Irish rockers 1916; and the perennial Sunday afternoon favorites, the Dady Brothers. Also new this year is the musical group Winginí It, comprised of former members of The Wild Geese, and Rosewood Bridge, former members of The Dustmen. Both will also perform.
2 Six Irish dance performances. Starting with the Drumcliffe Dance School at 8 p.m. Friday, there will be some high-stepping throughout the three-day festival by Rochester area Irish dance schools and groups.
3 Authentic food and drink. Of course traditional corned beef and cabbage will be available, as will other festival fare, including Guinness, Harp and beers from local North American breweries.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND †The 19th annual Rochester Irish Festival promises family fun for all ages. A special area for children will be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with activities and crafts for kids at no additional charge. Returning for a third year is the popular Scavenger Hunt that will send children and their parents throughout the festival site, searching for clues and learning tidbits about the festival and Irish heritage. New this year, four teams who made the cut in competitions at four area pubs this summer will compete in the Irish Jeopardy Championship at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. There will also be opportunities for audience members to show off their Irish knowledge. For instance, do you know the purpose of a bodhran? The event also features classes on Irish culture, traditions, and music during the annual Celtic College, which runs in a separate building at the festival site. Vendors will be on hand with festival souvenirs, traditional Irish clothing, jewelry and gifts. Since the event is held under a large tent on the Camp Eastman grounds in Irondequoit, it is open rain or shine. óLinda Quinlan