Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games June 13-15
NEWPORT, Oregon – Back by popular demand, the Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games will return to Newport on the second weekend in June. Kilts, bagpipes and the colors of heritage and culture will arrive in Lincoln County this summer as the Celtic Heritage Alliance holds the 4th Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games with events at Nye Beach and Sam Case Elementary on “Fringe Friday.” The festival and games will again be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th, 2014 with gates opening at 9:00 am at the spacious Lincoln County Fairgrounds located at 880 NE 7th Street, Newport, Oregon.
This extremely popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Isle of Man, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to the Oregon coast. The festival features fun activities for all members of the family – including dogs.
The 4th Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with pipe bands, Highland and Irish dancers, traditional Celtic musicians with many crowd-pleasing favorites including this year’s headliner “1916” – a Celtic rock band from Bakersfield, California.
The Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games features exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events, including the famous Caber Toss. Great entertainment will be provided by professional Celtic Pipe Bands, exciting colorful activities Highland Dancing, Irish Step and Sean Nos Dancing, Sheepdog Herding, Historical Re-enactment Groups and Clan and Vendors.
Watch the highly trained sheepdogs gently guide sheep under the command of their handler. Attendees can stroll through the indoor and outdoor Vendor Marketplaces, visit one of the Clan tents and trace their ancestry. Over 60 vendors offering tasty and authentic Celtic food and drink, and unique Celtic crafts, jewelry, clothing and more.
On Saturday, special events include a Celtic Heritage Parade full of vibrant color and culture including Clans, performers, Celtic dogs and gorgeous “gingers” with the Eugene Highlanders Pipe Band leading the way. Of special interest is the Haggis Eating Competition or the Bonnie Knees Contest. On Sunday, a special Celtic Fashion Show will dazzle the crowds with gorgeous original designs.
There will be tons of fun children’s activities for the wee ones at “Sprog’s Corner,” too. Kids enjoy free arts and crafts projects, face painting and storytelling. They can also participate in mini Highland Games athletic events including a mini-Caber toss, Sheep Toss and the Braemar stone put.
Proceeds from the 4th Annual Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games will continue to support the Celtic Heritage Alliance’s mission to promote and preserve Celtic culture on the Oregon coast.