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Ohio Celtic Festival Set to Rock Lake County Fairgrounds
June 17, 2014 by Staff Report | No Comments

Clear your calendar and get set for a weekend of all-out Irish fun. It’s the return of the Ohio Celtic Festival, a three-day celebration of Irish music, dance, history and heritage on June 27-29 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville Township.

Clear your calendar and get set for a weekend of all-out Irish fun.

It’s the return of the Ohio Celtic Festival, a three-day celebration of Irish music, dance, history and heritage on June 27-29 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Ave., Painesville Township.

More than 150 musicians from across the country and around the world will provide the magic for this year’s festival.

Rounding things out will be an Irish Marketplace, a fun-filled children’s area complete with petting zoo and a wide selection of food and beverages anchored by Guinness beer stations and an all-new craft beer stop.

New this year is a dart competition, with demonstrations put on by the Lake Erie Dart Association; a historical display of the Irish in Northeast Ohio; and a grand finale showcase of multiple pipe bands playing together Sunday, June 29.

The impressive line-up of music offers something for all musical tastes, from hard-driving Celtic rock to lilting traditional tunes. The Willis Clan, a family of 12 from Nashville — and most recently on NBC’s America’s Got Talent” — will be performing all three days.

Headlining groups include the self-proclaimed “Celtic music’s hardest working band,” The Young Dubliners,  Canada’s Tartan Terrors, along with all-time favorites The Fenians, Broadway star of “The Phantom of the Opera,” Ciaran Sheehan, The Gothard Sisters, Makem & Spain and more.

The Northeast Ohio music scene will be well represented by talented performers including The New Barleycorn, Brigid’s Cross, The Craig Brothers, The Terriers, The Lost State of Franklin and Mad Macs, plus daily performances by internationally acclaimed award-winning local pipe and drum bands.

Dance stages will feature four local award-winning schools of dance, ceili dancing and a less common form of dance, seannos dancing.

Festival hours are June 27, 5-11:30 p.m.; June 28, noon-11:30 p.m.; and July 29, noon-8:30 p.m.

Sunday Mass is at 10:30 a.m.

Kids under 12 are admitted free and everyone who donates two cans of non-perishable foods on Sunday between 10-11 a.m. will be admitted free.

For more information, ticket prices and entertainment schedules, visit www.ohiocelticfest.com.

 

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