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Lineup and new festivities announced for Iowa Irish Fest

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The ninth-annual Iowa Irish Fest will open July 31 and run through Aug. 2 in downtown Waterloo.

Six downtown stages will host dozens of local, regional and international performers, cultural education seminars, kids’ contests and more.

The Nagle Stage on Park Avenue will feature the headliner shows. More traditional acts will perform on the Lincoln Savings Bank Stage at E. 4th and Lafayette Streets.

A third music stage will be inside Jameson’s Public House on E. 4th Street.

Gaelic Storm will return to Waterloo this year, along with the Trinity Irish Dancers.

The Elders and the Screaming Orphans will join Gaelic Storm as the three headliners for the weekend.

They will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Nagle Stage.

This year, Iowa Irish Fest will expand the sports offerings beyond the Highland Games and annual 5k to include the first annual Iowa Irish Fest Rugby Invitational from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the East High School practice field, located two blocks from the festival grounds at 214 High Street.

All players receive a weekend pass to the festivities, as well as discounted passes for their friends and family. The winning team will receive jerseys, a trophy and a cash prize.

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