Celtic tradition is coming back to Niagara USA with the 14th annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games set to take place September 13-14, 2014, at Krull Park in the village of Olcott Beach. Located just an hour away from both Buffalo and Rochester, guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the rich traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Live Celtic music, dancers, sports, clans, re-enactors, vendors, food, contests and children's activities will come together to make the festival a truly memorable weekend for all!
The honorary chief of this year's festival will be Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, 8th Marquess of Ailsa, 19th Earl of Cassillis and International Chief of Clan Kennedy from Scotland. In addition, Clan Henderson will be having its national meeting at the festival with representatives attending from all over the U.S., including the U.S. Clan Chief.
The festival will also feature a variety of special events, including a dart tournament, rugby matches, the 2nd Annual Niagara Celtic 5K, a cannon firing and arms demonstration, ceremonial parades, and Highland Games' opening and closing ceremonies.
The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society, which hosts the annual festival, aims to restore, preserve and promote Celtic culture for generations to come, as well as support the historic Krull Park at Olcott Beach. With an estimated one third of the region's population (up to 500,000 people) speculated as having Celtic ancestry and tens of thousands of people attending Celtic events across Western New York every year, this large-scale event celebrates the Celtic heritage in a way that entertains and educates guests at the same time.
"We have been fortunate to see attendance significantly grow every year since we began this festival in 2001, said Phil Banks, festival co-director. "We see guests of all ages come to this festival from all over the United States and Canada, as well as visitors from Europe, Australia and other countries!"
Admission to the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival is $20/person on Saturday, September 13, and $12 /person on Sunday, September 14. Kids 12 and under are free. Weekend parking passes are $25 and parking is free. For more information about the festival, including the latest schedule of events, visit NiagaraCeltic.com or call 716-778-5730.
Leading up to the festival, the Niagara Tourism Convention Corporation (NTCC) will be providing ticket giveaways to social media users. Check NTCC's Facebook and Twitter pages at @NiagaraFallsUSA for your chance to win tickets.