Irish eyes were smiling Friday night when the Fairfield County Irish Festival opened for its traditional three-day stand over the Father’s Day weekend on the Fairfield University campus.

The event in its 26th year was a celebration of Irish culture, featuring music and dance performances, as well as crafts, sports, food and drink. There also was a cash raffle with a top prize of $5,000.

The festival is sponsored by Feile, Inc., a non-profit “devoted to promoting an awareness and appreciation of Irish culture for the general public.”

The festival continues Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students (with valid student ID) and free for children under 14 accompanied by a guardian.

Shuttle buses run to parking lots at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, the downtown railroad station and Tomlinson Middle School, all on Unquowa Road. Only cars with festival or handicapped passes will be allowed on campus.

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