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September 13, 2012

Celtic Fest back at Olcott Beach

Niagara Gazette — Over 30 musical acts will be appearing on three stages at the 12th annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games will take place Saturday and Sunday at Krull Park in Historic Olcott Beach.

The festival features a diverse selection of activities including its latest offering, a Celtic College where attendees can learn firsthand about genealogy, how to play bagpipes, and more.

Each year about 12,000 people attend the festival, which continues to grow. 

The festival also celebrates the history and pride of the Scottish people at the Clan Row. The Living History component features re-enactors from all over the region. There is also an array of animal demonstrations and a petting zoo as well.

One of the most popular features of the festival is the Kid’s Corner, which features a bubble center, face painting, Irish games, castle ring toss and many other kid-friendly activities.

The music ranges from regional acts to international favorites. The culminating musical event, a Saturday night ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is headlined by the Glengarry Boys along with Penny Whiskey and the McMahon School of Dance.

For sports fans, the festival features a Highland Games competition. The centuries old strongman competitions feature events like a caber pole toss, stone throw, and weights thrown for distance. There are professional and amateur divisions, and this year a “beat the pros” contest.

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