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Historic Downtown Long Grove will once again pay tribute to the Emerald Isle this Labor Day. All eyes will be smiling – Irish or otherwise – when the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association presents Irish Days, September 1 – 3, a family-friendly celebration of Irish culture, music, food and drink. The timeless town’s cobble-stone walkways get painted a shade of green with bagpipers, folk bands, dancers and Irish merchandise during this free outdoor festival.
All weekend long, Irish Days 2018 will feature ongoing activities and entertainment (sponsored by Paddy’s on the Square). Some of Chicago’s top Irish musicians, singers and dancers are taking the stage in Fountain Square, including Rory Makem, The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, The McNulty Irish Dancers, Gavin Coyle, The Chancey Brothers, Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane, and many more (the full 3-day lineup can be found at http://longgrove.org/festivals/irish-days/). Another favorite sight at Irish Days is the Irish Dog Competition. All dogs are Irish on Irish Days, but those who dress the part are given extra credit. Each day, a panel of children judges will crown an Irish Doggie King, Queen, Prince and Princess. The contest is open to any dog whose owner enters them the day-of at the competition area located by the Long Grove Information Center (308 Old McHenry Rd).
Harrington’s Catering and Deli will return to fuel visitors with hand-carved corned beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and other traditional Irish foods. Additionally, there will be an area selling freshly-tapped craft beers, including Irish-themed suds from Long Grove’s Buffalo Creek Brewing, Guinness Stout and other brews / non-alcoholic drinks to quench all thirsts – young or old. While a “Wee Ones” area will host Irish-themed crafts, face-painting, and games for kids, perhaps the most excitement and biggest laughs of the weekend will come each day at the Best-Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt contest. Interested male contestants should wear their best kilt and register at the event.
Finally, Irish Days will again feature a Gaelic Tent in Fountain Square that promotes awareness of the Irish language and genealogy. Representatives from the Irish American Heritage center will be on hand throughout the 3-day weekend to discuss Irish cultural opportunities on the Northwest side of Chicago.
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