Since moving to the central Ohio area in 2010, Brian Ferrier has been part of the Dublin Irish Festival.
The Giant Eagle regional director of operations has been involved with the festival through his company, which is a key sponsor of the Irish Thunder Stage, and volunteering, earning the title of 2014 Dublin Irish Festival Honorary Chairman. The festival will run Aug. 1-3 in Coffman Park.
Despite being involved as a sponsor that helps provide food for entertainers and volunteers at the festival, the honorary chairman title came as a surprise to Ferrier.
"We've been involved both as a corporate sponsor and from a family perspective from our first years in Dublin," Ferrier said.
"It came as a shock and pleasant surprise."
Ferrier first became involved in the festival by attending with his family and later as a sponsor.
"My association with the festival started out as a Dublin resident who enjoyed the festival," Ferrier said.
"I view the festival as the heartbeat of the community in many ways," he said.
"Then I got involved in the festival as a sponsor and being a volunteer.
"It's something I'm very proud of doing: delivering food and making sure the entertainers and volunteers get fed," Ferrier said.
If there are no other work or family commitments, Ferrier usually spends the entire weekend taking in culture and music at the festival.
"We like to do everything," he said of his family's time at the festival.
"We enjoy the food. We enjoy the cultural aspects and enjoy the national and international acts whether they be singers or dancers.
"We've hosted family events in the Dub Pub and like walking around and learning about Irish heritage," Ferrier said.
"We like the demonstrations and really enjoyed some of the sports we saw last year for the first time."
As the honorary chairman, Ferrier will get a few opportunities at the Dublin Irish Festival he hasn't had before.
"I think my family is looking forward to the first pitch at Irish Heritage Night at the (Huntington) ball park," Ferrier said.
"We're looking forward to seeing if I throw a strike or, as my kids say, embarrass us and bounce one in," he said.
"I think that will be our favorite pre-fest moment.
"I think we're looking forward to the whole weekend," Ferrier said.
"On Friday night when we hopefully post a successful night at the Emerald Club, we'll take off as a family and walk around and look at (the festival) in a different way because we're involved formally in such a great event," he said.
As regional director of operations, Ferrier oversees the Columbus, Canton and Akron areas for the company.
In addition to his volunteer time at the Dublin Irish Festival, Ferrier is also chairman of the American Diabetes Association, a member of the executive leadership team of the American Heart Association Heart Walk and is a board member of the Ohio Grocer's Association and Columbus Sports Commission.
The Dublin Irish Festival runs Aug. 1-3 at Coffman Park.
For more information about the event, look online at dublinirishfestival.org.