The festival is being hosted by the Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association and is the largest Irish-themed festival in the state. Last year, according to the organizers, Iowa Irish Fest drew more than 25,000 people during its three-day run.
The festival is coordinated by local volunteers, vendors and sponsors and takes place over the weekend of July 31-August 2. Details on the festival can be found at www.IowaIrishFest.com or by contacting the festival office at (319) 235-7100.
The Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association is an organization intended to foster and develop Irish fellowship and outreach into the community with Irish cultural events and programs.
“The Irish in Iowa have done such a fine job of melding into their communities that we felt it was time to draw them back out a bit and show them off to their neighbors and as many visitors as we could,” said association president, Jim Walsh.