The Great American Irish Festival has long been known for mixing it up and adding new events.  So, what’s new for 2019?

We’re Back to Being a Three-Day Festival! That’s right; the people spoke and we listened.  We experimented with making GAIF a two-day festival last year, and boy, did you make your voices heard!  Sure, two days was fun… but you wanted more.  And so this year, we’re giving you three jam-packed days of entertainment, attractions and fun;  including a Family Themed Sunday!

…And a Three-Day Festival Means the Irish Mass Is Back “Home” Again, you let us know that one of the things you most enjoyed about a three-day festival was starting out Sunday with a beautiful open-air Irish Mass.  Well, the Mass is back, starting at 10 AM, and providing the musical and vocal accompaniment this year will be “Irish America’s Favorite Son,” Andy Cooney!

The Ranger Run  We know what you’re saying: the Ranger Run 5K isn’t new.  True, it’s not — in fact this is the 12th year for the popular race.  What is new is that the race will take place on Sunday this year, starting at 8:30 AM.  Back for its second year will be the Ranger Kids ½ mile run starting at 8 AM.  Both of these races will be sponsored by the Sneaker Store in New Hartford.  Be sure to wear your best Irish outfit as the judges will be looking to award prizes… For more information and registration, click here.

Win a Trip to Ireland  Two very lucky people will win tickets to Ireland in our 2019 raffle.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $20 each.  Tickets are available now by e-mailing knappsl@twc.com  or can be purchased at the Information booth (near the main gates) at the festival.  The drawing will take place at 9:30 PM on Saturday at the festival’s Contemporary Stage, and you need not be present to win. For full details, check  here.  So what’s new about this raffle? Well, chances are we’ll be seeing two new winners this year…maybe you?