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Crowds pour in for music at Irish Fest

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Without a doubt, the reason why thousands pour into Iowa Irish Fest each year is the music. The 11th annual Iowa Irish Fest is no exception. 

This years headliners include a crowd favorite: Scythian.

The East Coast band is a familiar face, performing at Iowa Irish Fest in the past. 

Their high energy folk music is a crowd favorite.

"It just gets in your blood and makes you happy, makes you just want to move," said Dubuque native Terry McCauley

"Oh I just love the Irish music," said Waterloo Leah Halpin, who hasn't missed an Irish Fest since the very start. 

Whether you're from Iowa or not-you're coming for a good time. 

D.C. brothers Alexander and Dan Fedoryka, who started the band Scythian, always make sure their crowd is having a good time. 

"Usually I have to wrestle and fight for it on the east coast a little bit," said Alexander Fedoryka. "You have to convince people you're not at traffic you're not at work. Here, people are just so geared for it. So I love coming especially to Iowa-there's something about it-that's one of the main reasons I look forward to it."

The fun-loving crowd gives them enough reason to keep coming back.

For this band, no stage is too big or too small. Scythian played for President Bush alongside the President of Ireland back in 2008.

"We got the call and I'd have to admit my palms were a little sweaty for that one-that was pretty amazing to be able to play for the dignitaries and the President of the United States-what an honor," said Fedoryka. "Definitely nervous for that, but otherwise I think we've done almost 2,000 shows. Iowa, we love you guys, we feel at ease with you guys-you dance way more than the President."

Day three of festivities continue Sunday. Visit the Iowa Irish Fest website for a full lineup of all entertainment and events.

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