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Time to get your Irish up again

McKrell, will also set up booths at the festival to sell his art, T-shirts, and Celtic tours of Ireland and Scotland.

Aside from being able to perform, Irish 2000 gives bands the chance to get together.

"All the festivals, but especially this one, are the only chance we get to hang out with other bands," said Bedrosian.

The festival is entirely a volunteer effort, with the majority of proceeds going to charities.

"There's an awful lot of work that goes into this," said Nelligan. "We start for the next year in October."

But with more than 200 volunteers, the festival proves to be a success every year.

"It's tough to manage," said Nelligan," but the money we've been able to donate to charities, both Irish and local, makes it worth it."

McKrell noted that one of the highlights of the festival is how many local and regional artists and artisans are represented.

"He [Matt Nelligan] is really loyal to the local musicians," McKrell said.

Even if you're not Irish, the festival offers something for everyone. "It [Celtic culture] has a large crossover appeal," said Nelligan. "If you love rock music, for example, you're going to love it whether or not it has a fiddle or a bagpipe."

"It really changes from year to year," said Nelligan of the environment that people can expect. The only thing for sure is that everyone will have a chance to be just a little bit Irish for the day.

Irish 2000 will take place at the Altamont Fairgrounds from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Tickets for Friday only are $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; for Saturday only, $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. A two-day pass is $25 in advance only. Children under 10 are free. There is a $1 discount for visitors with a Price Chopper AdvantEdge card.

For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.Irish2000fest.com or call 1-888-41-Ifest.""

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