Irish heritage celebrated at Chippewa Valley Museum

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The luck of the Irish was with hundreds of people celebrating the Irish heritage this weekend in the Chippewa Valley.

The 3rd annual Irish Heritage Community Day was held at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire.

Families who had Irish in their blood as well as those just looking to learn more about Irish heritage tried their hand at harp lessons, listened to live music and even watched Irish dancing.

The museum said it wanted to educate people about the local Irish community and early immigrants.

"We sometimes celebrated the different cultures in the Chippewa Valley and the Irish had a pretty good presence here and continue to do that today," said museum educator Karen Jacobson. "It gives people a great excuse to celebrate St. Patrick's day a little early so we're pleased that we have the luck of the Irish here today and that people will turn out and we're hoping for a nice crowd."

There was also an Irish limerick writing contest, judged by local celebrity chef Joe Luginbill.

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