Celtic Fling and Highland Games

Spring hasn’t disappointed. April and May were gorgeous, which prompted the Dochter family to get outdoors as much as possible and soak up those rays. Now, it’s time to think about summer. Personally, I’m ready for some backyard picnics, dips in the pool and s’mores around the campfire.

Attending festivals is one of my favorite summertime activities, and the weekend of June 26­-28 will find us at the Celtic Fling and Highland Games on the grounds of Mt. Hope Estate & Winery north of Manheim. Because I can trace part of my roots to County Down (Northern Ireland), this festival is near and dear to my heart.

The annual event kicks off with the Friday night concert on the stage of the Globe Theatre. The bagpipes will be humming, and the drums will be sending a low rumble throughout the Shire as green-clad and costumed Celts make their way through the gates. In addition to music, Friday will offer a variety of vendors, food and, of course, the lineup of brew made on-site by the Swashbuckler Brewing Company.

On Saturday and Sunday the entire grounds are open, and there is a lot to see and do. The agenda includes a long list of performers – a variety of bands, solo musicians, traditional Celtic dancers, Irish step dancers, comedy acts and so much more – across multiple stages. Sometimes Queen Elizabeth even stops by to enjoy a show. Again, vendors will be set up around the Shire with all sorts of Celtic and other hard-to-find Faire gear.

The Highland Games will be in full fling Saturday and Sunday, showcasing traditional Celtic sports like the Caber Toss, Clachneart, Scottish Hammer and the 56-pound Weight Toss. You can also visit tents that are set up by the clans to showcase their heritage and lineage. They generally have information and family heirlooms on display that enable visitors to dive into a clan’s history.

If you happen to see me, be sure to say hello. I’ll be wearing a green shirt. As always, be sure to follow me at Amishroadshow.com.

For details, visit parenfaire.com.

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