Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day!
THERE’S A REASON FOR THE SHAMROCKS
Ever wonder why the shamrock is associated with Saint Patrick? According to Irish legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland
THERE’S NO CORN IN THAT BEEF
Corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day staple, doesn’t have anything to do with the grain corn. Instead, it refers to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”
THERE ARE NO FEMALE LEPRECHAUNS
Don’t be fooled by any holiday decorations showing lady leprechauns! In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no female leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys.
IT USED TO BE A DRY HOLIDAY
For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.
Entertainment – There will be three stages of Irish Dance and Music!
On Saturday and Sunday you will experience Irish Dancers on the dance stage, Celtic harp, celtic Rock and bagpipes to traditional Irish folk music.
Food & Drink – International Food Court!
An large Irish menu will include Irish Bangers and Mash, Guinness-marinated Tri-Tip on Irish Soda Bread, Boxty (traditional Irish potato cakes with corned beef and cabbage), Corned Beef Sliders, and Fish and Chips! Traditional favorites such as funnel cakes, kettle corn, international options such as teriyaki chicken and beef kabobs, and lumpia, etc. will also be available.
Shopping – Over 250 Booths!
Featured at the Irish Market place will be Irish tartans, Celtic artwork, hand-knit wool sweaters, Celtic capes and shawls, music, books, beautiful handmade Celtic jewelry, and tons more! Other booths will include arts and crafts for kids, non-profit groups, commercial vendors, sponsors, etc.
Carnival Rides – Games and Rides for All Ages!
Saturday, 10am to 7pm
Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Irish Tea Cottage – A taste of Ireland!
Open Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm – Enjoy a steaming cup of Irish tea while enjoying live Irish music. Served in fine china with scones and delicious shortbread.
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