The Great American Irish Festival kicks off


FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The gates for the 9th annual Great American Irish Festival opened Friday. The festival continues until Sunday at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort.

The almost 800 volunteers expect to bring a weekend of fun to visitors from distances away and the many in the Mohawk Valley.

"According to the last U.S. Census, Irish is the number two identified ethnicity actually in the Mohawk Valley and there are over 40,000 people just in Oneida County that claimed Irish ancestry," said Festival Director Matt Sullivan.

From celtic rock to bagpipes, bands from Ireland and across the country will take the stage. The weekend festival will also teach lessons on irish cooking, poetry, language and even celtic astrology.

"The old Irish astrology before Norman invasion when you were born under a month you were born under character of a tree and you were born under spirit of tree so each person character under spirit of tree," said Joe Keane, one of the festival's presenters from Kerry, Ireland.

New this year is Irish Zumba.
"It's Zumba dancing with a little bit of Irish choreography to a Celtic Zumba song from what I understand it's going to be fun!" said Festival Cultural Building Coordinator Deni Finch-Frederick.

The Great American Irish Festival runs Friday, July 27th from 5 pm to 11 pm., Saturday July 28th from noon to 11 pm. and then Sunday, July 29th from noon to 5 pm.

A full schedule of events can be found at:

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