Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 25, 2010 . . . The luck of the Irish will be in full force at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 6, when the Florence, Ky., Thoroughbred racecourse hosts the fourth annual Irish Day at the Races. The family-friendly event is presented by the Fenians of Northern Kentucky, an Irish heritage cultural organization with roots dating from the mid-19th century.
Scheduled for noon to 6:30pm during Turfway's live racing program, Irish Day at the Races features all things Irish: jigs, reels, and Celtic roots music from the Vinegar Hill Irish Band, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, and bagpiper Patrick Hill; performances by national and international champions the McGing Irish Dancers; and a wide variety of Irish-themed artwork, jewelry, clothing, and other handcrafts. Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Covington will provide such authentic Irish fare as Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie, and traditional Irish beverages such as Killian's Irish Red, Tullamore Dew, Michael Collins, Jameson, and Feckin will be available.
A special Kids Corner, new to the festival this year, will keep children entertained with games, crafts, and face painting.
Admission to the races, admission to the festival, and parking are free. All festival activities will be held rain or shine on the third floor of Turfway’s fully enclosed grandstand.
Irish Day at the Races is sponsored by Killian's Irish Red, Molly Malone's Irish Pub, and Remke Markets.
Irish Day at the Races is the largest of several events presented annually by the Fenians of Northern Kentucky to promote friendship, unity, charity, and civic participation; foster the ideals and perpetuate the history and traditions of the Irish people; and promote Irish culture through the arts and literature, language and genealogy, sports, and foreign exchange programs.
Founded in 1959 and part of Kentucky's renowned Thoroughbred racing circuit, Turfway Park presents live racing in the fall, winter and early spring and simulcast racing year round. The track is owned by Harrah's Entertainment and the Keeneland Association.