The Big Irish Fair Photo Gallery

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    Sign of the Times

    Irish Fair Sign
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    The Big Irish Fair and Music Festival comes to Long Beach in June

    The Great American Irish Fair, one of the largest celebrations of Irish culture and customs in the west, moved from the Santa Anita Racetrack to Irvine in 2005 and then the renamed the BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival moved to El Dorado Park in Long Beach in 2014, where it will be again this year. These photos are from the Irvine location, but the flavor of the event is the same. This is one of two big Irish Fairs in the LA area, the other being the Celtic Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona in March, which replaced the LA County Irish Fair and Music Festival which was previously at the Fairplex and is trying to come back in a new location. 

    The great bands and folk musicians at the BIG Irish Fair bring in a strong regional crowd and the Irish Step Dancing Championships bring in international competitors. There's not a lot of Irish food on hand, but plenty of Irish wares for shoppers. Sheep herding demonstrations and some...MORE traditional Irish sporting events round out the festivities.

    The BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival takes place each June. For more information on this year's event in Long Beach visit www.irishfairandmusicfest.com.

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    Gaelic Storm

    Gaelic Storm at the Irish Fair
    ••• Gaelic Storm at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Gaelic Storm

    Gaelic Storm Irish Fair
    ••• Gaelic Storm at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair

    Irish Fair in Irvine
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Joshua Tree

    Irish Fair The Joshua Tree
    ••• The Joshua Tree, U2 tribute band at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Joshua Tree

    Irish Fair The Joshua Tree
    ••• The Joshua Tree, U2 tribute band at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    T-Shirts

    Irish Fair T-Shirts
    ••• T-shirts for sale at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Fenians

    The Fenians
    ••• The Fenians at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Fenians

    The Fenians at the Irish Fair
    ••• The Fenians at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Fenians

    The Fenians
    ••• The Fenians at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair

    Irish Fair in Irvine
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    American Wake

    Irish Fair American Wake
    ••• American Wake at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair

    Irish Fair
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Flags

    Irish Fair in Irvine, CA
    ••• Irish Flags at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Feis

    Irish Fair Feis with Judges
    ••• Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Feis

    Irish Feis Dancer
    ••• Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Judge

    Irish Fair Feis Judge
    ••• Feis Judge - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Feis

    Three Feis Dancers
    ••• Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Feis

    Irish Dancer
    ••• Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    The Feis

    Irish Dancer
    ••• Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    And the Winners Are...

    Irish Fair Award Winners
    ••• Award winners at the Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Champions from Australia

    Iris Fair Australian Dancers
    ••• Award winners from the Halloran Dance Studio in Sydney, Australia at the Feis - Irish Dance Championship at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Calling all dancers

    Irish Fair
    ••• Fair by phone...just like being there. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Hard Shoes

    Dance Shoes at the Irish Fair
    ••• Irish Dance Shoes at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair Fashions

    Irish Fair
    ••• Irish Fair Fashions. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Jewels

    Irish wares
    ••• Irish wares. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Utility Kilts

    Utility Quilts
    ••• Utility Quilts at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Sheep Dogs at Work

    Sheep herding demonstration
    ••• Sheep herding demonstration at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Come here little lamb...

    Irish Fair Sheep petting
    ••• Sheep petting at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Within Reach

    Irish Fair Sheep petting
    ••• Sheep petting at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    A Natural Red Head

    Irish Fair Red Head
    ••• Irish Fair Red Head. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Too Cool

    Irish Fair
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    An Irish Face?

    Irish Boy
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Fairies and Things

    Fairies and Things
    ••• Fairies and Things. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair

    Irish Fair
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Rose of Tralee

    Rose of Tralee
    ••• Rose of Tralee booth at the Irish Fair in Irvine. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Historic Reenactment

    Irish Fair Coin Press
    ••• Coin press at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Historic Reenactment

    Irish Fair Coin Press
    ••• Coin press at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish Fair

    Irish Fair in Irvine, CA
    ••• Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Irish American

    Irish American bunting
    ••• Irish American bunting at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Reeling

    Reeling at the Irish Fair
    ••• Reeling at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
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    Kiss Me I'm Irish

    Irish Fair Kiss Me
    ••• Kiss Me I'm Irish at the Irish Fair in Irvine. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com