Visiting the Irish Festival

Eldersburg photographer visits Ireland through Timonium.

We made the visit to the Maryland Irish Festival for the second straight year. The festival is held at the Maryland State Fair Grounds, which offers plenty of room for the event. The festival is celebrating 36 years this year.

There are many photo opportunities and I enjoy the bands with the changing light. Speaking of bands, the music was great and is worth the price of admission just to listen to the tunes.

While we were Saturday we got to see and hear NUA, Crossing Celtic, Finbar Furey with Brian Gaffney and Brendan's Voyage and the Screaming Orphans.

It's amazing to watch the crowd as they dance, clap and how many of them know the words to the songs and sing along. The Screaming Orphans bring a lot of high energy to the stage.

You see it often, there is something for everyone and that is very true at the festival, as there is a moon bounce, arts, Irish Wolfhounds and Greyhounds, history, learn at many of the workshops, and crafts for sell.

You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the event, so if you are looking for something to do to today head to the festival. The food is great, so you wouldn't have to cook. If you don't make it today look ahead to November next year.

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