Michigan Irish Fest has something for everyone


Two standout characteristics of Michigan Irish Musical Festivalgoers:?they love to have a good time, and the men wear skirts.

The festival, dedicated to all aspects of Irish culture, has grown so big that it appears Heritage Landing turns into a little city, nestled within Muskegon.

The music is foremost, but there are also “feis” dance competitions, bounce houses and kids’ activities, the Hall of Fame, a Celtic mass on Sunday morning, informational sessions, a
limerick contest, great food and drink, competitive games, dog exhibitions, the Beard Baron Bout, and Irish merchandise to buy.

Obviously, it takes hundreds of volunteers to make possible such an event, attended by people from all over the state and country.

Moreover, the Festival has donated over $266,000 in cash and 21,000 pounds of food  to local food pantries since 2008.