The middle of July begins that sluggish bit of summer before kids and parents both start thinking about school starting again in August. Many of us have already had a summer vacation and it may seem as if there is nothing left to look forward to for quite some time.
Thankfully, Ohio is a state filled with hidden treasures available all year round. From July 18th to July 20th your family can enjoy the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival at the Berea Fairgrounds. The festival includes a variety of Irish cultural performances and exhibitions including Irish dance, pipe bands, and theater.
The Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival is the brain child of John O’Brien who wanted to preserve Irish culture and share it with the community. Along with a steadfast group of volunteers John and his helpers were able to put on the first of many festivals in 1982. During the two days of the festival, the first event drew more than 3,000 visitors. Not too shabby for a first effort!
After the dust settled (literally!) the festival committee met to discuss further development of the event for the following summer. The festival committee’s continued dedication has led to the ongoing creation of one of the premier Irish festivals in the entire United States. The incredible expansion of the festival, which took on a whole extra day in 1985, stands as a monument to the dedication of the festival committee members over the years and especially to John O’Brien’s vision. Just short of a decade after it’s inception, the festival outgrew it’s original venue and moved to the Berea fairgrounds where the it now draws over 30,000 visitors each year.
All the information you need to attend can be found here: http://clevelandirish.org/index.php