Waves of green slam into Fairplex
Posted March 16, 2007

Katarina Woloschuk
Staff Writer

Beer, beer and more beer is what Ireland is known for especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

But at the Irish Fair in Pomona, the beer is green.

It was a sea of green at the fifth annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival, which took place at the Fairplex on Saturday and Sunday.

Each day the fair was open to those who were interested from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival was held a week before the much celebrated St. Patrick’s Day which is tomorrow.

The fair included booths of imported foods, such as Irish bread and booths selling real four-leaf clovers and handmade Celtic jewelry.

“My favorite is selling the Celtic jewelry,” Jim Coran said.

Coran is the owner of Irish Charm, a jewelry business that sells handmade Celtic jewelry imported from Ireland.

“I go every year. I’ve probably been here for the last five years,” Coran said.           

“We’ve been running our booth at the festival when it used to be at the Santa Anita Racetrack, but the fairgrounds seem to draw more people,” Patricia Stewart said.

Stewart ran the Family History of Surnames booth where anyone can look up their last name and find out the history of it.

“We have all nationalities and figure out people’s origins of their names,” Stewart said.

Green colored water flowed from a fountain as visitors took a break for lunch and sat on picnic tables surrounding the fountain.

“Philly cheese steak, cheese fries and a margarita,” Valerie Orman said as she enjoyed her non-traditional Irish cuisine.

The fair also catered to those in need of Irish food such as corned beef sandwiches and Irish stew.

Many wore their green T-shirts to roam the festival. The spectators were treated to a live gun shot show and a walk through the ancient Irish village called Gloccamora Green.

“I drove all the way from San Diego and I’m having a great time,” Susan Martinez, a certified nurse assistant, said.

Another event that many people in attendance looked forward to was the Irish music and dancing.

“The more traditional style music,” Orman said on what she was looking forward to throughout the day.

 It reached the mid 80s as the sunny Southern California weather may have contributed to the huge turnout.

“The weather’s nice and there’s much more people than last year,” Coran said.

“It’s a great day. The weather is fantastic and we’re so happy that it’s not raining,” Stewart said.

The Irish Fair was a success again this year as in the past. It attracts more people each year who want to learn about their heritage and people who want to experience a new culture.

“I think because it’s a lot of fun, it’s a real party,” author David Quinn said. “Many people are interested and curious about their Irish ancestry and what to do to keep it alive.”

Irish flags swayed in the wind near the exit of the fair. Each flag read Ireland’s motto, “Erin go bragh,” which means “Ireland Forever.”

Katarina Woloschuk can be reached at kwoloschuk@ulv.edu.

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