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Our family celebrated St. Paddy’s Day a week early at the Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival at the L.A. County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California. It was a blast, so I’m sharing some photos with you.
For your listening pleasure, here’s a YouTube video of Comedian Johnny Bagpipes Johnston. Amazing!
He plays the Star Wars Theme by John Williams
I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss
Do You Think I’m Sexy by Rod Stewart
Thunderstruck by ACDC
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens
Entertainers and visitors alike wore kilts.
Color this day green!
In the fountains, in the beer,
on shirts, baby strollers, and people’s hair!
This was our first Irish festival and it had everything we hoped for (lively music, dancers, good food) and then some: Carnival rides, ponies, elephants, a petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, plus much more.
The Irish tunes worked their magic on some of us, so we danced a jig or two!
I added to my bucket list: Learn how to Riverdance.
Do you know the history of Saint Patrick? If not, watch this cute video.
I was going to save this Riverdance flashmob video for next year,
but for those who enjoy Irish dancing as much as I do,
I hope this will lift ye spirits and bestow the luck o’ the Irish upon ye, too!
You’re not buying that accent, are you?
I didn’t think so, but, hey, I tried.
Closing time drew near, and my husband mentioned there was a little Irish village we should check out before we left.
I love miniatures, so I definitely wanted to see it. He pointed the way so I headed for it with my daughter ‘Lily’ while the others straggled along here and there. I spotted vendors selling beautiful period clothing, jewelry, hair accessories, pirate booty, medallions, home decor, and other merchandise. So many things caught my eye, but I didn’t want to miss out on the little Irish village.
I told my daughter, “Dad said the little Irish village was somewhere over here, but I don’t see it. Where do you think it is?”
She gestured to the merchants wearing historical costumes and vendor booths with elaborate fabric walls. “I think this is it, Mom.”
I was disappointed for a second, then busted up. Merchants in a nearby booth had overheard us and had a good laugh, too.
So we left without a pot of gold or a peek at a miniature village. I’ll get over it. Memories of the Irish Fair make me smile each time it comes to mind. We’re looking forward to going again next year. We’ll have two more grand-leprechauns in tow for the 2014 festival. As the old saying goes, the more, the merrier!
I bid you farewell with this Irish blessing:
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours
That stay with you all the year long.
Do you have any special plans for Saint Patrick’s Day?
Have you ever been to Ireland, or would you like to go there?
Would you kiss the Blarney stone?