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This year’s event will feature over 100 performers on nine musical stages of Irish entertainment with 60 shows daily, including 19 bands and 17 additional entertainers and attractions, among them: Grammy Award-nominated violinist, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, an Ancient Irish Village, Shamrock Children’s Amusement Rides, Sheepherding Demonstrations, Dog Shows, Irish Fountains, Face Painting and Balloons, an Irish Beer Micro Breweries Taste Testing and Rusty McCloud, The World’s Tallest Leprechaun. And of course there will be plenty of Irish Food and Fine Dining at the Irish Fair and Celtic Music Festival, along with Irish Import Shops, an Irish Tavern and a Market Place.”
Bands performing will include: Grammy Award-nominated violinist, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats (of Long Beach), Artistic Journeys (of Hacienda Heights), Belles of Bedlam (of Pasadena), Brick Top Blaggers (of Orange County), California Celts (of Yucca Valley), Emerald Society Pipe Band (of Los Angeles), 8 Ball Aitken (of Nashville, TN), Ken O’Malley & The Twilight Lords (of Van Nuys), Kris Colt & the Black Rose Band (of Sherman Oaks), The Knockabouts (of Flagstaff, AZ), The Lacemakers (of Escondido), 42nd Highlanders Regiment Pipes & Drums (of Long Beach), The Brilliant Gypsies (of Montrose), The Galway Hooker Band (of Orange County), The Mulligans (of Long Beach), Those Manning Bhoys (of Altadena), Whiskey Dreams (of Hesperia), Wrath of McGrath (of Sunland) and The Whooligans (of Long Beach).
Other entertainment includes: Celtic Arts Center (of Glendale), Cleary Irish Dance (of Burbank), Cripple Creek Cloggers (of Anaheim), Daily Shamrock Parades at 12-Noon, Dog Show featuring various Irish breeds, Duelling Dame (of Los Angeles – Sword Fighting Demonstrations), Bill Howard (of La Crescenta – Storyteller), Irish Elephants, Irish In Film presented by Irish Fest (of Milwaukee, WI) – a traveling educational display of Irish in Film including such notable Irish folk like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and James Cagney, Rusty McCloud (of Los Angeles – The World’s Tallest Leprechaun), Joe Praml (of West Hollywood – Poetry Reader), Royal Scottish Dancers (of Palos Verdes), Sadie – The Balloon Lady (of Sherman Oaks), Shamrock Children’s Amusement Rides, Sheepherding Demonstrations, The Rusty Balls Show (Juggler) and True Thomas (of Westlake Village – Storyteller).
Event Sponsors include: The Los Angeles News Group, including the Los Angeles Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Torrance Daily Breeze, Redlands Daily Facts, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Digital First Media and Ad Taxi; KLOS 95.5 FM, KABC 790 AM Talk Radio, Not Born Yesterday!, Irish Arts & Entertainment, www.PubGuide.com, Guinness, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Coors Light, Harp Lager, Gallagher’s Pub, Fairplex So Cal, The Gathering 2013, Irish Pride, Pageantry Productions and Steve Moyer Public Relations.
Party like an Irishman on Friday evening, March 8, 2013 at the Céili (pronounced Kay-Lee) Kick-Off Blowout Party featuring drinking, dancing and music from 8:00 p.m. – 12-Midnight at the Top of the Park at Gate 1 at the Fairplex on the Pomona Fairgrounds, 1101 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768. Admission to the Céili Blowout Party is $10 cash only per person at the door, which includes a No-Host Bar, free snacks and free parking. No tickets will be sold in advance for this event. Entertainment will include two bands, The Whooligans and Those Manning Bhoys, and performances by Cleary’s School of Irish Dance. For further information, please call the Irish Hotlines at 562-618-5558, or 213-305-9653, or visit the website, www.la-irishfair.com. For local hotel accommodations ask for the Irish Fair Special Discounted Rates by calling The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768 at 909-622-2220.
General Admission is $16.00 each; Seniors, Military and Students (with identification) are $14.00 each; Group Rates (15 or more) are $12.00 each; Two-Day Passes are $25.00 each; Children ages 5 – 14 are $5.00 each and Children under five are admitted for FREE. Parking is $10 per day. For further information, please call the Irish Hotlines at 562-618-5558, or 213-305-9653. Buy tickets and check out the full fair lineup and schedule online at www.la-irishfair.com. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/154724777915663 and follow us on Twitter @irishfairla.