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Celebration of culture at Southern Illinois Irish Festival

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CARTERVILLE -- People from across the region came together at the annual Southern Illinois Irish Festival. The annual tradition draws hundreds to celebrate Irish and Scottish culture every year.

“What better way to celebrate than here in Southern Illinois with the highland games?" said Richard Morgan of Marion. "It’s amazing, it kinda makes you proud of your heritage and some of the things these guys are doing are wonderful."

The festival hosted around thirty athletes who compete in a variety of strength sports. Fourth-generation Irish-American Logan Clendenin is a national competitor from Herrin and proud to represent his town.

“I take a lot of pride in representing Southern Illinois," Clendenin said. "Strength sports are a growing thing in this region. You’ve got a lot of cross fit and different weightlifting things, but highland games are something you don’t see very often."

You don't have to be Irish or Scottish to participate in the fun. Organizers of the festival said they hope to see more faces at future festivals at Walker's Bluff.

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