Join us for the highly anticipated return of the Celts to the Oregon coast on June 8, 9 & 10, 2012 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds brought you by Toby Murry Toyota!
*** TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE GATE ***
Friday events take place at various locations around Newport, Oregon while the fairgrounds is being prepared for patrons on Saturday & Sunday.
FRINGE FRIDAY EVENTS
SAND CASTLE CONTEST - Kids, teens, families and individuals compete for fun and prizes at our Sand Castle Contest at Nye Beach. This is one of the first kick off events held during the "Friday Fringe" events on June 8th, 2012. This is a FREE event!
KILTED KILOMETER - As a part of the Highland Games events, our "Running for Shelter" fun run is for runners of any age who wish to participate. Entrants bring or borrow kilts to run along the sand at Nye Beach during low tide on "Fringe Friday" June 8th, 2012. Entry fees are a donation of cash or pet food which will benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
WHISKY TASTING - A Scotch Whisky tasting seminar will be held on "Fringe Friday" June 8th, 2012, for those interested in learning about and sampling different types of Scotch.
Registrations are limited and are for adults 21 and over.
IRISH CEILI DANCE - The Ceili is FREE a pre-festival community dance on "Fringe Friday" June 8th, 2012 where individuals, friends and families can learn the basics of traditional Celtic dances with a group!
BEACH BONFIRE - Don't miss this well attended FREE event that concludes our "Fringe Friday" events at 9:00 PM (Sunset) at Nye Beach! Last year we had a great turn out with impromptu appearances by fiddlers, pipers, Irish dancers and others who simply enjoyed each others company.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
"SPROG'S CORNER" is where kids can come to interact and learn about Celtic culture and traditions. These events will go on throughout the day on Saturday & Sunday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. These FREE activities include:
MINI HIGHLAND GAMES EVENTS
- Caber Toss
- Farmer's Walk
- Sheep Toss
- Stone Throw
- Face Painting
- Arts & Crafts
LIVE CELTIC MUSIC AND DANCING - Multiple stages come alive with Celtic performers bringing live entertaiment to a captivated audience. Dance and sing along with your favorites!
HIGHLAND GAMES ATHLETICS- A highlight of the festival are the heavy events where athletes attempt great feats of strength to compete for status in the Highland Games circuit.
CELTIC HERITAGE PARADE - Enjoy the fanfare of our colorful Clans, families, bagpipe bands, Celtic canines and more with our one site parade. Led by the NW Scots Guard, you can join in the parade if you have a Celtic canine or would like to join the rest of our "Gingers on Parade"!
HIGHLAND CATTLE - Heelan Coos (translation...Highland Cows) will return as a furry feature at the festival. Steve Phillips of Seal Rock will be on hand with a couple of bonnie bovine to represent the Northwest Highland Cattle Association.
CLANS & SOCIETIES - Learn about the histories of the Celtic clans and families and discover your own family history. These non-profit organizations offer free information to anyone interested in taking the time to listen and learn.
VENDORS - A myriad of colorful vendors will offer their Celtic wares for sale. Everything from clothing, to jewelry to musical instruments are availalbe to help you show your Celtic pride.
BOB'S RED MILL BAKING CONTEST - Whip up your family favorites to win cash and prizes. The best bakers enter their Scottish Oat Cakes, Shortbread, & Soda Bread which will be judged for presentation, taste and unique recipes.
WELSH SKILLET TOSS - Ladies, warm up your throwing arm! Our 2011 winner established a 50.0' skillet toss. Think you can beat it?
BONNIE KNEES CONTEST - This fan favorite returns. Gentlemen show off their palatable patellas for the audience who votes for the winner. Kilts must be worn.
MANX TUG-O-WAR - Newport Fire Department will defend their title in 2012 when the contest returns. Get your teams signed up early. Competing businesses, organizations, schools and others are encouraged to join this community competition. It's a great way to raise funds for your organization!
HANKERING FOR HAGGIS? Sign up now for the 2012 Haggis Eating Contest. Winners have the chance to compete at the Superbowl of Haggis Eating at the Celtic Classic's "Haggis Bowl" in Bethlehem, PA.
KIRKIN OF THE TARTANS - The First Presbyterian Church of Newport will be hosting its first-ever Kirkin of the Tartans at 10:00 AM on Sunday. For details and location information visit: http://www.newportfpc.org/
When & Where
Celtic Heritage Alliance, Inc.
The Celtic Heritage Alliance is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation fostering awareness and education of Celtic culture on the Oregon Coast.
While nearly one in five Oregonians claim Celtic ancestry, many have lost touch with their roots. Part of the organization’s mission is to connect people with their heritage through music, dance, athletics and other activities.
In its first year, the group has staged the Celtic Festival & Highland Games in June, held an Irish Céilí community dance for the Celtic New Year in October, a Robert Burns Supper in January and an Irish house concert for St. Patrick’s Day.
For the latest details on all events, dates and more visit newportcelticfestival.com, or call the info line at (541) 574-9366.
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