You may have heard something about this little annual event we have coming up, here in Dublin, Ohio.  It does draw a few people to town. Okay, DIFboatenough of the downplay. The HUGE annual event that I'm referring to is, of course, the Dublin Irish Festival.  And--after 21 years--it has grown into such an AMAZING event, that it draws nearly 100,000 people to town for its 3-day run. 

If you've never been, you really need to put this on your bucket list. Lucky for you, this weekend (July 31-August 2) marks the 22nd anniversary of the Festival.  It features 7 stages of nonstop music, Irish dance, a Marketplace with imported goods, cultural activities (bet you've never been to an Irish Wake before--circa 1800s?!), food, drink and much more.  The Dublin Irish Festival  has TWICE been named a "Top 100 Event in North America" by the American Bus Association (2005 & 2009)--and for good reason.  You'll be hearing more about DIF (as we've come to refer to it) this week ... here on our blog, on the Festival's blog, and in the local and regional media.

Now that you have DIF on your calendar--we want to remind you to bring your camera.  Not just for the many great photo opportunities, but because one of your shots just might earn you a free weekend getaway in Dublin or some other cool prizes.  Our "Capturing the Irish Attitude" photography contest ends next Monday, August 3 --- giving you time to send us your top photos from the event or from any place in Dublin, Ohio.  You can submit up to 5 entries per person.  See additional contest rules.  (Entries should be emailed to:  Check out the entries we've received so far.  Need more incentive? Here's what you could win:

Grand Prize: -Weekend overnight stay for two at the Hilton Garden Inn Dublin (plus breakfast) -$20 gift certificate from Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland -$20 gift certificate from MJ's Candy Bar -A Dublin Irish Festival T-shirt and visor ($32 value) from Two Rivers Logowear, LLC Individual prizes for Honorable Mentions: -A gift card to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream -A gift card to Sisters Sweet Shoppe -A gift card to TehKu Tea Company -A gift card to Our Cupcakery

-post by Mary