Irishfest’s 15th year coming soon in La Crosse

The sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland will be on display soon in La Crosse.

The 15th annual Irishfest kicks off August 9th at the southside fest grounds in La Crosse’s downtown.

Irishfest leaders had a preview of this year’s events Thursday morning.

The event brings together Irish musicians, dance, food and sports.

New this year, a fireworks display will be added on Saturday night.

The success of the festival surprised even the festival’s president.

“When we got it going, we thought if we could get it going for two or three years and bring some awareness to Irish culture in the La Crosse area that we would be doing a great job at that point and here we are 15 years later and it really has become one of the look forward to festivals of the summer,” said Pat Stephens, Irishfest La Crosse president and founder.

Irishfest La Crosse runs August 9th to the 11th.

More information is available on the Irishfest website.

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