Irishfest returning to La Crosse for 13th year

Irishfest returns for 13th year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - We are just a couple weeks away from the luck of the Irish taking over La Crosse's fest grounds.

Irishfest returns for its 13th year, running from August 11th to the 13th.

As always, the weekend will be full of Irish musical and dance acts, as well as traditional Irish food from local restaurants and vendors.

The Fiddle Contest also returns for its second year, with the winner taking home a new hand-crafted fiddle from Eastman Strings.

Irishfest president Pat Stephens says he couldn't have predicted the mid-summer festival ever being as popular as it's become.

"When we started it 13 years ago, I don't think we would've envisioned that it would grow to what it is today, certainly. But a lot of great volunteers have made it, sponsorships have made it go, and of course the creative people that we have involved that keep changing things and adding things and making it more pleasurable to be down there are a big part of it as well."

Tickets are $9 for a one-day pass, or $20 dfor a three-day pass ahead of time.

You can order your tickets online and find a list of musical acts and other entertainment at

Tickets are also available at the gate during the event.

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