By Angelo Parlove
It looks good for the Saline Celtic Festival this year – sponsorship has exceeded goals, volunteer requests are rising and social media activity is increasing, reducing the marketing costs and efforts for festival planners.
“We’re doing great overall,” said Jeff Ulrich, chairman of the Saline Celtic Festival executive committee. “Social media is extremely busy this year. It’s really rocking along. We’ve got a lot of activity there compared to previous years, which is great.”
The Saline Celtic Festival returns for it 22nd year on July 14-15 at Millpond Park in Saline, featuring live music, dancing, Highland athletics and Wee Folk activities, to name just a few.
“This is a tremendous event with activities and amenities for people of all ages,” Saline Mayor Brian Marl said.
The bands to perform during the festivities include Brother Crowe, Stone Clover, Peat In the Creel, Roane, Steel City Rovers and Crossbow. The Highland athletics will feature seven events, such as the sheaf toss and caber toss. Other events will include sword displays, fencing demonstrations and jousting.
For a full schedule of events and activities as well as details for suggested parking, please visit salineceltic.org.
The festival kicks off on July 14 with Pub Night, which will host food, drinks, live music as well as dance and music workshops. The gates will open at 5:30 pm on the first night. The festivities then continue all day on July 15.
“The festival is in a very strong position this year relative to other years in the past,” Ulrich said.
Further, the Mr. Pretty Legs In A Kilt contest will return this year. “That’s something that has been missing for the last couple of years, and there’s been some demand for that from attendees,” Ulrich said.
New to the festival in 2017 will be a living history reenactment group, Friday night workshops and the dedication of the athletic field to Jim Keezer, a founding member of the festival who passed away several years ago. The Keezer family will attend the opening ceremony for the dedication.
“He was so dedicated and so passionate about the festival that we’ve decided to name our athletic field after him,” said Terri Murphy, treasurer of the Saline Celtic Festival executive committee. “We’re kind of excited about that.”
Millpond Park is located at 565 West Bennett Street in Saline. Ticket pricing at the gate: Friday Night-Pub Night $5; Adult $15; Senior 65+ $10; Youth (13-17) $5; Youth (12 & under) and active military are free.
Advance ticket sales are available online at salineceltic.org or at Saline City Hall.