The Twin Cities population is 13.2 percent Irish (that percentage climbs to about 76.4 percent on St. Patrick's Day). Harriet Island will host nearly all of them this weekend, along with anyone else who appreciates Irish culture. The fair should have a little of something for everyone. There will be a 5K and 1K run, a kilt contest, a Sunday mass, a talent contest, and, of course, a bagpipe competition (bring your earplugs). Celt rockers Young Dubliners and Irish group Great Big Sea top the headliner list, playing shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. If dancing is your thing, check out the Crossroads Pub for traditional Ceili and set dancing. For sports, there's an opportunity to try your hand at Gaelic football, hurling, and mini-golf. Also, the U.S. tug-of-war championship will be held on Saturday at noon. Vendors will be selling crafts, posters, clothing, and food, while Jameson, Harp, and Guinness flows. Grab the kids, slip into your "Shake Your Shamrocks" t-shirt, and head on down for the whole day. There's more to recommend at the fair than we could possibly enumerate here, so check out http://www.irishfair.com for stage schedules and more.
Fri., Aug. 13, 3-11 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2010