Celebration – At-A-Glance

Here is everything there is to know about the Celtic Celebration on one page:

Join us May 18, 2019 for an unforgettable family-friendly experience celebrating Celtic Culture in Northern Nevada!

Tickets can be bought in advance here:

Advance Ticket Purchase Here

Tickets are $15 general admission, parking on park site is an additional $5 (no charge to park on street outside Bartley Ranch Regional Park) 

Children 12 and under are free.

WCSD employees get a $5 discount for up to two tickets with current district ID.

Celebration hours are from 9am-5pm.

Scottish Highland Athletics happen in the Horse Arena 

Registration page here:

Schedule for 2019

TIME BLOCKEVENT
8 A.M. – 9 A.M.Registration, warm-ups, safety meeting
9 A.M. – 12 P.M.Morning Events
12 P.M. – 1 P.M.Lunch
1 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.Afternoon Events
3:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.Scoring & Announcing Results

*Approximate – depends on number of participating athletes

Events:

Stagger start!

Braemar stone, Open stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Light Weight for Distance, Heavy Scottish Hammer, Light Scottish Hammer, Weight for Height, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss

Classes:

Men’s C/B/A, Men’s Master’s (40+), Men’s Lightweight (<200 lbs) 

Women’s C, Women’s B/A, Women’s Master’s (40+)

BAG PIPE BANDS will be featured in three different areas, seen below:

12 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Opening Ceremonies

12:40 pm – Sierra Highlanders – Hawkins Amphitheater

1:20 pm – Sierra Highlanders – North Lawn by Living History

1:45 pm – Emerald Society – Hawkins Amphitheater

2:15 pm – Emerald Society – North Lawn by Living History

3:00 pm – City of Sacramento – Hawkins Amphitheater

3:40 pm – City of Sacramento – North Lawn by Living History

5:00 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Closing Ceremonies

The Clan Tent Area features representations from some of the area and regional collaborating groups as well as Clans where folks can look for Scottish and/or Irish Heritage and connect with family histories. 

2019 Listing of Clans

Irish storytelling from author and historian David McDonnell in our Clan Tent Area, where you will also find Children’s games and information about your Irish/Scottish Heritage!

David will be performing in the CLAN TENT Area (Plaza Picnic Area) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

A living history encampment featuring Pirates, Sword fighting, period clothing, the Bronze Age Players and Spinning and Weaving yarn crafts. This takes place near the Last Chance Picnic Area and Lawn.

A dance and main stage featuring local, regional and international talent!

Dance Stage (Flying B Picnic Area) :

10:00 Red Thistle Dancers                                              

10:15 Sierra Silverstrings                                              

10:45 Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dance                              

11:15 Kennelly School of Irish Dance

11:45 Red Thistle Dancers 

12:00 Dance Stage Dark for Opening Ceremonies*

1:00 Dunsmuir Dancers

1:30 Sierra Silverstrings

2:00 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers

2:30 Kennelly School of Irish Dance                                       

2:50 Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dance

3:20 Truckee River Dance Company

3:50 Dunsmuir Dancers

4:20 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers

5:00 Dance Stage Dark for Closing Ceremonies*

Dance stage group bios can be found here:

Dance Stage Performer/Group Bios

Main Stage (Hawkins Amphitheater):

10:25 AM – Intro and Welcome

10:30 AM – 317 and friends

12:00-12:40 PM – Dark (opening ceremony)

12:40 – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

1:00 PM – Dust in my Coffee

1:45 PM – Emerald Society Pipe Band

2:00 PM – The Sophie and Fiachra Trio

3:00 PM – City of Sacramento Pipe Band

3:20 PM – Tempest

5:00 PM – Closing Ceremony, Athletics Awards Announcement at the Grass Field near Dance Stage

Artist bios for entertainment acts can be found here:

Musical Entertainment Bios

Our Vendor Area features food, craft, local business and authentic Celtic merchandise including kilts, Irish goods, and lots of yummy foods! A list of vendors can be found here:

2019 Vendors

Finally this year we are excited and heartened to feature, on the lawn in the area between the dance stage and the beer booth, trainers from Eyes for Tomorrow, who will be showcasing their puppies in training at our event this year. While all the puppies won’t be of Celtic descent, their coming to our Celebration gives them valuable social interaction and socialization and allows our patrons to snuggle some cute! Check out their Facebook Page, too! Throughout the day there will be 12 puppies in training and their handlers, come by for a snuggle and observe the cute!

Finally, here is our Festival Map for the year:

If you’d like to see the Celebration Program before you arrive, please download here:

2019 Celebration Program

Buy Presale Tickets!!

We are super excited to announce PRESALE TICKETS!!

Our awesome Athletics head, Matt Hobbs, did us a solid this year, by suggesting that we use the “Passage” application to process both on-site and on-line presales. Please check out below to purchase and help us out!

See you May 18th!

We are making it happen!

The Celtic Celebration has gone through some changes recently. We updated our name to reflect that there are Celtic people all over Nevada, and generally what we do focuses on the entire state, but most specifically, the North, so we changed our name to the Norther Nevada Celtic Celebration.

I have been producing events for more than ten years, and I’m here to tell you, it gets harder every year. Costs constantly go up, and you have to respond to that! Sometimes, it’s hard to make ends meet, and that’s no less true for non-profits or small events. To that end, we had to seriously take stock of how we were doing things at the Celtic Celebration, after facing a few years in a row of losses and stagnant revenues. We chose not to have an event in 2018, and move our event to what we hope will be a more hospitable and stable weather outlook. We seriously thought about whether or not we were in a position to continue to be able to produce the event. This is what we are talking about, here’s our highlight reel from 2017, compiled by the talented Stewart Campbell of LoadedTV, also a Celt, a fine British Gentleman:

There is so much heart in Celtic Culture! So much amazing history, food, traditions and stories that need to be told and passed on, things we need and want to keep alive, things worth preserving. In the end, after 26 successful years, it would be a true shame to our entire state for this event to no longer exist. We do, however, need to make some changes……

We need to be more efficient, and we need to tighten our belts. We hope to make an amazing turn around, but right now, the most logical thing for us to do is decrease our event from a two day event to a one day event, so that it can still happen at all. We had a board meeting last night, to vote about whether or not to continue and how to make it happen. We cut our budgets and are determined to fund raise our back sides off to make this event happen. 

We have some exciting ideas on how to reinvent ourselves, and hope you will enjoy them and continue to support us, please stay tuned. We are considering things like pre-sale tickets, on this website, and pre-sale t-shirts, so we aren’t stuck with a large inventory at the end and only get shirts people have committed to buying. More efficient use of other resources will hopefully carry us into the future.    

It seems self-serving and almost wrong to ask for help when so many people have lost everything and there is suffering all along the West Coast with the California Wild Fires like the Camp fire, but we cannot exist without support from our community. We are helping where we can with these tragedies and hope our friends and past patrons have come through as un-scathed as possible. If you can, now, or in the future, please consider donating to the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration. There’s a “DONATE” link just to the right, or you can email info@renoceltic.org.

Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and we hope to see you in May, 2019!

Danielle – President