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Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival
Date: September 22, 2023 at 04:30 pm

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
  • , 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Celtic Music
  • Dancing
  • Celtic Merchants
  • Highland Games
  • Food/Beverages
  • Cultural Area

Celtic bands will perform over 100 hours of free Celtic music, ranging in styles from traditional to Celtic rock, including crowd favorites like Gerry Timlin, The Steel City Rovers, and Low Lily. Many of the Celtic tunes are the traditional Irish jigs, shanties, drinking songs, and ballads combined with lyrical story-telling. Being an anniversary year, all Celtic genres will perform, from traditional to Celtic rock. Across the Pond, Dave North Trio and The McKrells will satisfy fans of the traditional while The Kilmaine Saints, Emish and the Glengarry Bhoys will raise the tempo. Local favorites Fig For a Kiss and Chivalrous Crickets return as well. Visitors will be surrounded with the distinct Celtic sound of tin whistles, bag pipes, and fiddles wherever they are on the grounds.

Celtic Aire, the premier Celtic, and folk ensemble of the United States Air Force, will be performing on Saturday and Sunday. Formed in 2007, the group is comprised of four Airmen musicians from the United States Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force

In addition to musical performances, O’Grady Quinlan Irish Academy of Dance will have several performances throughout the festival weekend. With precision footwork and dazzling costumes, O’Grady Quinlan shares the Irish culture through their performances. Cultural presentations will be held throughout the day in Celtic Heritage Hollow, including musical workshops, a Scottish shortbread baking contest, lectures, clans & societies, and the Children’s Activity Tent.

You won’t want to miss the U.S. National Highland Games Championship, showcasing amazing feats of strength and endurance.

Celtic Classic will also see the return of Gene Sheninger of Wayside Farm. Sheninger will demonstrate how border collies can herd sheep and ducks. Border collies have been used for herding for hundreds of years in the Celtic nations.