There's a wake today for the Irish Fest

HURON When funding was cut, the death knell tolled for Huron's annual Irish Festival. But you can't keep the fighting
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

HURON

When funding was cut, the death knell tolled for Huron's annual Irish Festival.

But you can't keep the fighting Irish from celebrating -- even if the party is a wake for a beloved event.

The city had to pull the plug on the festival in 2005 but assisted the Lions Club to sponsor the event last year with upkeep and maintenance of the grounds during the festival.

The bagpipes fell silent, however, when no group agreed to sponsor the festival this year.

"It just didn't make enough money to sustain itself," City Manager Andy White said. "The profit margin just wasn't there, and no one stepped up to run with it this year."

White said there was no room in the current city budget to make it happen.

Mike Glaser, owner of i5's Bar & Grill, is keeping with the "its 5 o'clock somewhere" tradition to mourn the loss of the festival with green beer, bagpipers and corned beef at 5 p.m. today.

Councilwoman Phyllis Wassner mentioned to Glaser several months ago that someone should have a wake for the festival and so he decided to throw a party.

The bar and grill has produced fliers with the word festival crossed out and replaced by wake that read: " The city killed it. so....let the mourning begin!"

"We had to do something to keep it going, Glaser said.

At 5 p.m. there will be a small processional with bagpipes, and a risen-from-the-dead leprechaun will pass out candy and beads to kids and adults around the Boat Basin.