Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Maryland State Irish Festival and Fleadh

 On Sunday, we went to the Maryland State Irish Festival. It was held at the Cow Palace of the Maryland State Fairgrounds. (We were very excited to go to a Cow Palace...ROFL) The festival was very nice. There were 3 huge rooms. The first was mostly informational booths for different Irish Societies, the State Police, animal rescue, and Irish cultural exhibits. The middle room had bouncers and other activities for young children and the third room had most of the food booths, rows and rows of vendors selling everything Irish you could think of, and two stages for entertainment.

Wolf Hounds
We saw these huge Wolf Hounds and talked to their owner. They were as tall as a Great Danes and gentle as can be. He said they were originally bred to kill wolves but were so good at their job that they worked themselves out of a job about 300 years ago. Now they are kept as pets. These two were rescue animals.
Dylan receiving his medal
Haley and Dylan competed in the Fleadh at the festival. Haley in the under 13 fiddle and Dylan in the under 13 guitar accompaniment. Haley played for Dylan to accompany. Haley and Dylan both placed 1st in the divisions/instruments and Haley placed 1st overall for the under 13 competitions.
Haley receiving her medal

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