Gallery: Saline Celtic Festival Opens at Mill Pond Park

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 07/14/2018 - 02:13
Jeff Cain (in the center, wearing a crown), is pictured with the judges and emcees after winning the Mr. Pretty Legs contest Friday at the Saline Celtic Festival at Mill Pond Park.

It's Jeff Cain's Saline Celtic Festival. Everyone else is just enjoying it.

Cain, a Saline resident, began the festival as one of the volunteers in the beer tent. He took a quick break to enter in the Limerick competition. The slightly off-color Limerick won "crowd favorite."


Jeff Cain was crowd"s choice winner of the Celtic Festival Limerick contest

Posted by The Saline Post on Friday, July 13, 2018

After another 40 minutes of volunteering in the beer tent, Cain entered the Mr. Pretty Legs contest. Up against 12 other men, Cain wooed the emcee, Amber Sotelo, by presenting her a flower that had been hidden under his kilt.


Jeff Cain wins Mr Pretty Legs 2018,

Posted by The Saline Post on Friday, July 13, 2018

No word on whether Cain will enter in the jousting competitions Saturday at the Celtic Festival.

It was nice opening night at the Saline Celtic Festival at Mill Pond Park.

Groups of people learned English country dancing and step dancing. In another tent, students in the Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Irish Dance Class gave a demonstration.

Renowned Cape Breton Fiddler Dan MacDonald taught fiddle lessons under the gazebo.

In the Red Dragon tent, Festival-goers were treated to high-energy performances by Brother Crowe and CrossBow - both of whom will be back Saturday.

After dark, the performers from Ring of Steel wowed the crowd with a "fire performance."


Ring of Steel

Posted by The Saline Post on Friday, July 13, 2018

The Saline Celtic Festival continues Saturday at Mill Pond Park. Shuttle services from Liberty School and Saline Middle School run from 7 a.m. to midnight. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth (13-17), and $10 for seniors (65+). Children (12 and under) and active military gain free admission.

Dancers from all over the Midwest will compete in the Highland Dance competition, starting at 9 a.m.

The official Celtic Festival parade begins at 11 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at the Athletics Field.

The craft beer festival takes place at the beer tent from noon to 6 p.m.

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic (12 p.m.), Brother Crowe (4:15 p.m.), Steel City Rovers (7 p.m.), CrossBow (8:45 p.m.) and the Corktown Popes (10:30) p.m., play on the Red Dragon Stage.

Kids will enjoy mini golf, dragon slaying, crafts, and stories with Princess Merida on Wee Folks Island, open from noon to 5 p.m.

Wee Folks will parade around the Celtic Festival takes place at 4:30 p.m.

Competitive jousting takes place at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Sheep herding dogs will show their skills at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Bag pipe bands from Michigan will play from noon to 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the six participating bands will perform together.

For the full schedule, click here.



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