Saline Celtic Festival This Weekend

Each year the Saline Celtic Festival is held in Mill Pond Park in Saline. The Celtic Festival is a celebration of Saline’s sister city Brecon, Wales. The event features live music, kids activities, athletic competitions, and a lot of fun. I always think about going, but then we end up out of town, the weather is too hot or too rainy, etc. My daughter had several friends attend last year who had a really great time.

The 2014 Saline Celtic Festival will be held on Saturday, July 12 with a Pub Night on Friday, July 11. Pub Night is more of an adult event, so I will focus on the Saturday events/schedule.

Food will be available beginning at 8a and the Merchant Village and Textile Arts Tent will open at 10a. Living History Enactments will also start at 10a. The Highland Dance Competition will start at 10:30a, Celtic Survivor at 11a, and Wee Folks Island will open at noon. There will also be Highland Games activities for you to watch including Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, Weight Over Bar, and more. The full schedule is available on the Saline Celtic Festival website.

Also Saturday morning is the Mastodon Celtic Challenge, a combination of a 5K and an obstacle course. Adult waves will start at 10:30a and 11:30a (ages 16 & up) with children’s waves starting at 12:30p (ages 10-15). The race is $45 in advance, $55 on site for adults and $25 for children.

Wee Folks Island is open from noon-5p. On the island, you will find activities just for kids. There will be special Celtic games and crafts. New this year is a Wee Golf Course, Jeweled Crowns, and Fairy Door Decorating. Kids can also try a Haggis Hurl, Defeat the Dragon, Paint a Sword or Shield, get a balloon sword, and have their face painted. Princess Merida from Brave will hold several stories and there will be four Ducky Races. The schedule for stories and races is:

  • 12:15p Princess Merida Story Time
  • 1p Ducky Race
  • 1:10p Princess Merida Story Time
  • 2p Ducky Race
  • 2:10p Princess Merida Story Time
  • 3p Ducky Race
  • 3:10p Princess Merida Story Time
  • 4p Ducky Race
  • 4:10p Princess Merida Story Time

The Wee Folks Island will close with the 4:30p Wee Folks Parade around the festival with a bagpiper. All participants will receive a coupon for a free treat.

Living History Reenactments will include Fencing Demonstrations with Celtic Weaponry and Sword Displays, Jousting, and Sheep Herding Dog Training. Sheep Herding Demos will be held at 1, 3, and 5p.

  • noon – Jousting
  • 1p Sheep Herding
  • 2p Jousting
  • 3p Sheep Herding
  • 4p Jousting

The crowd can participate in Haggis Hurl and Golf Chipping at 3 competitions of each with prizes awarded to men’s, women’s, and kids’ winners. You can also try out the Celtic Clobber in a pillow fight on a balance beam.

  • 12:30p Golf Chipping
  • 1:30p Haggis Hurl
  • 2:30p Golf Chipping
  • 3:30p Haggis Hurl
  • 4:30p Golf Chipping
  • 5:30p Haggis Hurl

The event definitely sounds like fun. The temperature for this year’s Celtic Festival looks great (high of 80), however their is currently a 50% chance of thunderstorms. We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather and making our decision. Hopefully the chance of storms will decrease or be late in the evening.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 13-17. Children 12 and under, seniors, and active duty military are admitted for FREE and do not need to purchase a ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased online (will be held at will-call) or in person at Saline City Hall. At the gate, adult tickets are $15, youth tickets are still $5.

Parking for the festival is located at several area schools/public lots with free shuttle buses to take you to the festival. The Directions Page on the Festival Website includes parking information as well as directions.

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