The Dublin Irish Festival is one of this country's largest Irish bashes. Located in Dublin, the event for this year is held from Aug. 4-6, 2006 and is expected to draw about 90,000 people. The entertainment line-up is set on eight stages and features great Irish rock bands such as the Prodigals, Saw Doctors, and the Hothouse Flowers. And for the price of a $10 per day ticket, you also get your fill of harps, chords, and more.
Sites and activities include a 10th Century Irish village, a marketplace with imported goods, an Irish dance competition, genealogy, an Irish pub, a Wee Folk area, darts competition--even a "wake" house with plenty of food and "spirits." This festival was named as the Top 100 Event in North America in 2005 by the American Bus Association. For for information, go to http://www.dublinirishfestival.org.
Comfest is a free music and arts festival in Columbus, Ohio. Featuring multiple stages for performances, hundreds of local vendors, food, drink and diversity, Comfest is one of the most popular events in the state. One of the many amazing aspects of this festival is that it is organized and run entirely on volunteer labor. This is in keeping with one of the main principles of the festival:
"We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain. We support cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit."
For more information about this exciting 3-day event, visit http://www.comfest.com/.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show was started in 1903 as a small harvest celebration in front of the mayor's home. Since then, it has grown into the largest pumpkin show in the United States and attracts over 400,000 people every October. This event features a variety of pumpkin dishes, crafts, and merchandise from numerous vendors. For more information, history, and pictures visit the official website http://www.pumpkinshow.com/
The Ohio Renaissance Festival has successfully established itself as one of the must-see attractions in the state of Ohio. Located in Harveysburg, roughly 45 minutes north of Cincinnati, the festival features a 30 acre, 16th Century English village. Because the authenticity is part of the fun, all of the rides are powered by human labor and all of the hundreds of employees wear 16th century costumes and remain "in character" for your entertainment. This festival also features 12 stages with a wide variety of exciting performaces such as full-armored jousts, plays, traditional Renaissance dancing and music, and much more. There are even exciting Renaissance-inspired foods such as "Sherwood Forest Mushrooms", turkey legs, steak, and ale. But don't worry...there are also a variety of salads, wraps, and Pepsi products available for those with more modern appetities. For those who love to shop, there are 130 artisans and craftsmen selling hand-made creations in the open-air marketplace. Here you can find candlemakers, glassblowers, leather crafters, cobblers, wood carvers, jewelry makers, just to name a few! Since there is definitely too much to be enjoyed in one day, you may want to seek accomodations nearby. Fortunately, there are hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds, and cabins for rent all just a short drive away! For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.renfestival.com/tickets.html