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Dunedin Celtic Festival offers plenty of fun for lads and lasses

DUNEDIN

Get your kilt on Saturday as the 10th annual Dunedin Celtic Festival takes place at Highlander Park from noon to 9:30 p.m.

The festival pays tribute to all things Celtic — the music, the food, the dance and the strongmen demonstrations.

Those attending this year get in scot-free. Well, almost.

"We're not charging admission like we did in past years," said Sandy Keith, president of the Dunedin Highland Games and Festival Committee, the nonprofit organization sponsoring the event. "No. 1, the economy is down, and No. 2, we'd like to encourage new people to come and see what it's all about."

Instead, the festival committee will charge $10 to park.

Proceeds raised at this and other events during the year pay for Dunedin's Scottish bands: the city of Dunedin Pipe Band, and the Dunedin high and middle school bands, Keith said.

So load up the car and bring the whole clan.

Headlining the event is Celtic rock band Seven Nations, from the Orlando area. The group takes its name from the seven Celtic nations now known as Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Cornwall and parts of Spain.

Other Celtic bands scheduled to play are Jiggernaut, Rathkeltair and Lucid Druid. The Dunedin middle and high school bands also will perform.

Food offerings include fish and chips, meat pies, Irish beer and American fare.

Jewelry, crafts and kilts will be for sale. A nice kilt will set you back about $500, Keith said.

Flaunt it with manly pride.

After all, those burly men demonstrating the hammer, sheaf and stone tosses during the festival wouldn't dream of wearing anything else.

if you go

A little Celtic fun

What: The 10th annual Dunedin Celtic Festival, presented by the Dunedin Highland Games and Festival Committee.

When: Saturday from noon to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Dunedin Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, at the corner of Michigan Boulevard.

Cost: Admission is free; parking is $10.

Bring: Sunscreen, blankets, folding chairs.

Don't bring: Coolers, tents, beach umbrellas or pets.

For more information: Visit www.dunedinhighlandgames.com.

Dunedin Celtic Festival offers plenty of fun for lads and lasses 11/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 20, 2008 3:20pm]

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