Celebrating Celtic Culture

Celebrating Celtic Culture

Festival-goers have fun while learning how to perform a traditional Celtic dance.

This year’s NESD Celtic Faire and Highland Games festival will take place Sept.18 and 19 at Richmond Lake. 

Hundreds of people across the Midwest and Canada attend the annual festival. The festival first started in 2008 to showcase and celebrate ancient Celtic culture and heritage, and it’s still the only Celtic Faire in the region.

“It’s a unifying and inviting experience,” said festival Vice President Jon McNutt. 

The Highland Games, which includes events like the caber toss and hammer throw, are open to everyone, and entry is $40. Athletes can sign up online or in person. The Games and the bands are the most popular parts of the festival. 

New to the Celtic Faire stage this year is the band Conae Loch from Madison, SD. Other performers include Brian Borus Irish Pipe Band, The Northerly Gales, Guthrie School of Dance, and ARCC Cloggers. There will also be food, craft, and retail vendors for people to enjoy. 

The Highland Games start at 8:00 AM, and gates open at 10:00 AM Saturday and noon on Sunday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. //

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up for the games, or purchase tickets, visit nesdcelticfaire.com.