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September 12, 2013

Niagara Celtic Festival's not your average event

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Niagara Gazette — You really appreciate the massiveness of the event when you witness the opening ceremonies. The parade features colorful costume peppered with beating drums and blaring bagpipes and sets the stage for a special weekend.

As expected, I spent a great deal of my time checking out the music performers, but still found time to watch the Highland Games, a sporting event like no other that features a “caber toss,” which is essentially the throwing of a massive log the size of a telephone poll.

There is no part of the grounds that is not utilized. During a casual stroll from one end of the festival grounds to the other you will see small children playing games, husbands and wives browsing through the vendors wares, and displays of historic artifacts.

My favorite moment of the weekend was Saturday nights Ceilidh celebration. Even the name, pronounced “Kay-Lee” is unique, in simplest terms it means a gathering, that does not capture the festive nature of the event. It puts the “festive” in festival.

Each year the festival continues to grow, this year should be no exception. If you have been there before you will likely attend this year, if you have not, it is an experience you will never forget.

Visitors can purchase a two-day pass for $20. Tickets for Saturday are $15 and Sunday tickets are $10. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.niagara celtic.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Wrist bands allow visitors to leave the grounds and return to the festivities. Parking is free.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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