High kicking at Minnesota Irish Fair in St. Paul

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From dance to rugby to hurling, fancy footwork carried the day at the annual Minnesota Irish Fair in St. Paul on August 10-12.  The free fair was held at Harriet Island August 10-12, 2012.

The observant attendees may have noticed a few changes in the fair layout this year. Luckily signs point to a few of the many attractions at the fair.

 

Bagpipers provided traditional music, while various styles of music were performed on three stages, including headliners Gaelic Storm and local favorites the Belfast Cowboys who both played to a large crowd on Friday night.

 

 Baarry the Sheep, the fair mascot, is a new addition to the fair. Why a sheep? Ireland is well known for their sheep!

 

 There were hurling lessons for brave folks willing to try out the hurley.

 

 While hurling may look like field hockey from a distance, there’s one big difference – the hurley can be used to hit the sliotar (ball) above and below the waist.

 

 The Children’s Tent is always a favorite for kids and parents looking for a place to sit. A popular activity this year was making potato print pictures.

 

 Irish dancers come in all sizes and ages

 

 There were several stages for music, including the Celebration Stage. There were even a few places to hear music inside – although with the gorgeous weather most folks stayed in the sun.

 

 There were demonstration rugby matches – and no major injuries!

 

And to end it all — a replica of an Irish wake.