Get your kilt ready for the 22nd annual CelticFest

August 19, 2013

Business

JACKSON – CelticFest Mississippi will celebrate its 22nd year on September 6-8 at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum.

The event was founded and organized by the Celtic Heritage Society and will kick off weekend activities on Friday from 7:00 p.m. till midnight and run from 10:00 a.m. to midnight the following two days.

CelticFest will feature an exceptional variety of Irish and Scottish music and dance on eight stages, plus free Celtic music, dance, and heritage workshops, Celtic Kids area, Highland games demonstration, specialty vendors, and plenty of food and drink. Because much of the festival takes place indoors, CelticFest is a RAIN or SHINE event.

Photo by Mack Barham, courtesy of Celtic Heritage Society

Photo by Mack Barham, courtesy of Celtic Heritage Society

Don Penzien, founder and director of CelticFest MS, said, “One of the most gratifying things for me as the founder is walking into a local grocery store, wearing a CelticFest t-shirt and someone in the store will come up to me and say, ‘CelticFest! I go every year; you should make sure you go this year!’ For 22 years I have seen this festival grow and become a tradition in Mississippi and it is wonderful to see how people in the local community have made it their own.“

Some of New York’s top Irish musicians will be headlining the festival this year. Over 45 other talented music and dance groups will pack the eight stages throughout the weekend, traveling to Mississippi from other states and some from over-seas.

During the festival, competitors will face-off in the caber toss, Braemar stone throw and other Highland games in the sanctioned 2013 Guinness Highland Games on Saturday and Sunday. The massive Céilí Dance, An ever-popular highlight of CelticFest, will cap off Saturday night. No dance experience is required to participate and beginners are welcome. On Sunday morning, CelticFest musicians will gather to perform Celtic sacred music during a non-denominational church service. CelticFest also features fun for the kids, including our Celtic Kids craft area, jumpy castle, Irish dance workshops and children specific performers, the Ag. Museum’s Small Town Mississippi, barn animals and more.

Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door for an adult weekend-pass, $10 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 5-17, and $1 for children ages 4 and under. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the CelticFest MS website: www.CelticFestMS.org.

Source: CelticFest 2013

 

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Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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