Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 Celtic Heritage Festival - Get Ready to Be Entertained!

With the 16th Annual Celtic Heritage Festival only a month away, its about time for an update on the entertainment we've been hard at work booking and scheduling over the last weeks and months. We're excited to be bringing back Highland Athletics this year, and with women athletes too!

We've also scheduled border collie demonstrations again this year and they'll be herding sheep and I think ducks.

Some of the new things we have in store include a haggis eating contest, Celtic language instruction, the Barley Boys,

Ruthanne Ankney doing interactive storytelling and songs,

a blacksmithing demo, the 69th Irish Civil War regiment, and Dan Emery who not only plays the bagpipes but demonstrates the technique and the different types of pipes.

Of course we have old favorites too like the Celtic Martins (formerly the Martin Family Band),

Bucks Caledonia and MacGreggor Pipe and Drum Bands,

Carl Peterson playing folk songs from Scotland, Ireland, and England,

Bonnie Green demonstrating the art and science of creating the traditional kilt,

the Kilted Juggler, the Sabo School of Irish Dance and a moon bounce and games and crafts area for the kids.

The schedule, as it is currently shaping up, looks like this:

Flag Raising11:00—Pipe and Drum Bands
Keith House Stage
11:30-12:15—Carl Peterson
12:30-1:15—Bagpipe Demo (Dan Emery)
1:30-2:00—Pipe and Drum Bands

2:00-2:45—The Celtic Martins
3:00-3:30—Pipe and Drum Bands

3:30-4:15—The Celtic Martins
4:30—Athletics Awards & Haggis Trophy
5:00-5:45—The Barley Boys
5:45-6:00—Pipe and Drum Bands

6:00-6:45—The Barley Boys

Keith House Courtyard
House Tours
Kilt-Maker (Bonnie Heather Greene)
69th Irish Civil War Regiment
Hearth Cooking

Festival Tent
12:30-1:00—Sabo School of Irish Dance
1:30-2:15—Celtic Stories & Songs (Ruthanne Ankney)
2:30-3:15—Bagpipe Demo (Dan Emery)
3:00-3:30—Sabo School of Irish Dance
4:00—Haggis Eating Contest

Field 1
11:30-3:30—Highland Athletics

Field 2
1:00-1:45—Border Collie/Herding Demo
3:30-4:15—Border Collie/Herding Demo

Barn Yard
Children’s Crafts & Games
Carl Peterson
The Kilted Juggler
2:15—Celtic Dance Demo/Lesson
2:30– Kilt-Making Demo
3:00—Celtic Instrument Demo/Show and Tell

Visitor’s Center
3:15—Celtic Language
Instruction (Casey O’Connor)

Please plan to join us for a jam-packed day of fun and entertainment, shopping, food, history, and Celtic heritage. The festival is July 21 from 10-6 and the cost is $10/adults and $5/kids,


  1. Am I missing something? What day is the festival?

    1. It's down at the bottom of the post - July 21.


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