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16th Annual Saline Celtic Festival

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

July 7–9 • Celebrating Welsh, Irish and Scottish traditions, honoring the Celtic nations and their cultures

The 16th Annual Saline Celtic Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 7th with a Celtic Dinner and Whisky Tasting at Mac’s Acadian Grille, located at 102 E. Michigan Avenue, Saline. Friday night, July 8th, is Pub in the Park starting at 5:30 p.m. and promises food, drinks and music for a $5.00 gate fee into the Red Dragon tent. Beth Patterson and Celtic rock band, Road Kilt, will provide the entertainment. There will also be dance and music workshops for participants to enjoy for only $8.00. Additionally, families can come and enjoy a free evening of jousters, merchants, and enjoy a great night! Come hang out and relax with neighbors and friends while strolling through the park. Friday will also host the popular Mr. Pretty Legs Kilt competition. Saturday, July 9, is Festival Day! The festivities begin with a 5K run followed by Opening Ceremonies to celebrate Welsh, Irish and Scottish traditions, honoring the Celtic nations and their cultures.

Drummers at the Festival

The performances begin at 9:00 am with the Scottish Highland Dance Competition followed throughout the day with Irish Dance Competitions, new to the festival this year! Back by popular demand are the Highland Athletes! The caber and sheaf toss will highlight a 7-event competition. This year will also include an all-amateur open event for men and women of all ages. Saturday’s stage entertainment will begin at noon with three stages of live entertainment throughout the day and will feature traditional Irish and original music by Blue Fiddle for the evening Pub Stage. Great activities for families to enjoy on Saturday include Rugby Tournaments, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, the Wee Folk Area, Sheep Dog Demonstrations, Jousting Knights on Horseback, Dark Ages Living History Viking Encampment and much more. And what would the festival be without the Highland Pipe Bands? The bands, individual pipers, and drummers will compete for medals and bragging rights. The color and sounds will lift your heart.
There will be food and merchant vendors available at a variety of locations within the park selling authentic Celtic food and great merchandise. There’s something for everyone to enjoy during the Saline Celtic Festival! The Festival runs through 11:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the Celtic Festival Office, Saline City Hall and other local businesses beginning June 1st. Please visit the festival’s website for ticket locations at www.salineceltic.org. Would you like to attend the Festival for free? Just become a volunteer. For a few hours of work (really more like play) you are given free admission as part of the great party.

For more information on the Celtic Festival or to volunteer, contact the Saline Celtic Festival office at 734-944-2810, by e-mail at celticfest@cityofsaline.content-hub.net. Come and enjoy the party!

SATURDAY TICKET PRICES: Children 12 and under are FREE
• Advance tickets are $10.00.
• Tickets purchased at the gate for adults 18 +: $15.00
• Tickets purchased at the gate for children ages 13-17: $5.00
• Tickets purchases at the gate for senior citizens: $10.00
• Tickets purchased at the gate after 8:00 p.m.: $5.00