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Get your kilts on lads and lasses!

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Courtesy: Bushmills Whisky

Get your kilts on lads and lasses! it's time for the Elizabeth Celtic Festival!  Based in Elizabeth, Colorado the Celtic Festival takes place on July 17 and 18 at the Casey Jones Park. 

Choc full of fun things to watch, participate in and purchase and lots of tasty food to try (it's not true what they say about British cooking!) you're invited by the Celtic Festival to join in the fun from 9am - 8pm on Saturday and 9am - 4pm on Sunday, tickets are $10 per day for adults, $5 seniors and teens and children under 12 are free.  There are discount tickets for military and first responders and King Soopers has some discounts available as well!  Parking is $2 per car, $1 per bike.

Special features this year include:

  • Colorado State Haggis Tossing Championships - 6:30pm Saturday
  • Whisky tasting with Master of Whisky, Robert Sickler on Saturday at 2pm and 4pm featuring Bushmills portfolio tasting.  Robert Sickler is a well-known Master of Whisky and loves to discover and share food and whisky combinations that “transform hearts, minds, and palates.” Sickler takes great pride in converting new whisky enthusiasts “one dram at a time.”
  • Bonny knees contest (men in kilts only) 7:30pm Saturday
  • Merchants with a wide variety of Celtic related items
  • Highland dancing
  • The Caber Toss (picture throwing a telephone pole)
  • Learn about Scottish Clans
  • Plenty for children to do, including learning about animals of the British Isles.

A few things to know before you go...

  • How to pronounce CELTIC - although technically acceptable to pronounce as keltic or seltic, the original word was pronounced with a hard c as in keltic.  You can find out some of the history behind this name at Wikipedia here.
  • Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made from lamb.  Well worth a try!
  • There are a large number of tartan designs (sometimes called plaid in the U.S.).  Specific designs (colors and arrangement in the fabric) are associated with specific clans (or family names).  Check your family name at the festival and see if there's a tartan design associated with it!
  • Whisky vs. whiskey? More typically, the Irish use the e.  In most countries, the plural is whiskies, in Ireland and the U.S. however the plural form is usually whiskeys.  Of course, if you imbibe a few, it really doesn't matter what the plural is!

Look for the Elbert County Examiner at the festival throughout the weekend.

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