Gallery: Celtic Fun Under the Sun at Mill Pond Park

 07/16/2017 - 22:13
Competitors don the armor and joust in front of a big crowd at the Saline Celtic Festival Saturday at Mill Pond Park.

People from all over the Midwest visited Mill Pond Park in Saline Saturday for the annual Saline Celtic Festival.

They watched jousting courtesy of the Mounted Martial Equestrian Games competitors. They were entertained by sheep-herding demonstrations. They learned to fence and swordfight from the Ann Arbor Sword Club.

Every where you looked there were opportunities to experience or learn about Celtic history.

Two stages were dedicated to Irish and Highland dance competitions Saturday. Celtic or Irish-inspired bands performed on two stages until the festival closed.

On Wee Folks Island, kids made Celtic crafts - lots of shields and swords. They shot bows and arrows and played mini-golf. Children were enchanted by Princess Merida during story time. Princess Merida also led the children in a parade through the park. The mermaid met with children on the shore of the Saline River.

Numbers weren't available Saturday, but organizers were happy with attendance.

Jim Peters, a member of the festival committee, said that bartenders reported strong beer sales Friday night -- much better than last year's event.

Though Peters spent much of the day tugging on the rope that lifted the monsters in the Saline River, he said it appeared there was strong attendance.

The Saline Celtic Festival celebrates Saline's sister-city relationship with Brecon, Wales.

Tran Longmoore
Tran Longmoore is owner of The Saline Post. Email him at tran@thesalinepost.com or call him at 734-272-6294

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