The Parkland Celtic Festival slated for Sept. 25-26 in downtown Park Hills promises to be “something a little different” than the other fall festivals being held in the area, according to festival organizer Marianne Politte.
With live Irish and Scottish music and dance, traditional Celtic foods, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and costume and talent contests, the festival has a different theme than most of the traditional fall festivals occurring during the months of September and October.
There will be musical entertainment that Friday evening and all day Saturday, including The Sheriff and His Deputies bluegrass band beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, and Justin and Julia Dill performing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
That Saturday’s entertainment will feature a variety of Irish and Scottish music and dance performers including The Kilties, an all-girl band from Springfield High School.
“They play drums, bugles and bagpipes. And they don’t just stand there, they kick and dance,” Politte described. “We’re really excited about it all.”
The Lad and Lassie Costume and Talent Contest will be held on the festival stage on Sept. 26 and is open to boys and girls ages 2 to 12 years old. There is a $10 registration fee per contestant and the deadline to sign up is Sept. 19.
Stop by the senior center booth on Saturday for a taste of Ireland. Festival goers can try such traditional Irish fare as “Bangers and Mash,” “Colcannon” with onion gravy, corned-beef Reuben sandwiches with “Bubble and Squeak,” Irish bread pudding with cream sauce and Irish shortbread cookies. A drink will be included with the cost of each plate.
According to Politte, there are still vendor booth spaces available. Call 573-330-4543 for more information.
Amy Patterson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or email@example.com.