Thank you, Northern Nevada!

Our 2016 event was a success! We had a wild time Sunday afternoon, as the weather came up around 3:30pm. We were holding tents down while also trying to honor our awesome Athletes and Pipers for the Piping competition, having moved our closing ceremonies up so everyone could leave safely!

I’ve never seen vendors, animal handlers, musicians and athletes move so fast to get their stuff packed and done so they could drive across the mountain and try to beat the snow! It was a wild ride, but the good that came from that is that our park clean-up might have been the smoothest ever!

Thanks for sticking with us, pictures to come. Overall, a great event.

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This was who was left at the end of cleanup on Monday. Left to right is Verla on the far end, our hard-working treasurer and beer tent matron, next to her is Buzcut, Danielle’s husband and the guy without whom I could do none of the cool stuff I do because I drag him along and he rolls his eyes and follows me =) Kristen Puchert, who has rolled her sleeves up and become an invaluable asset to our board, our group and our lives (as Willie’s lovely wife). She is our secretary and head of Celtic Critters. Finally is Willie, who does so much for the Celtic community! Leader of SADOE and handling outreach and PR for the Celtic Celebration, he worked very hard this year and it showed, and the entire community benefited. I also want to thank Ben, Kristen’s son, for taking this picture so we could all be in it! I am still exhausted, but feel like we did a good job this year, and will find ways to improve for next year.

I also want to do a big shout out to my vice-president Chris, and his lovely soon-to-be-wife Sparrow. Chris has truly been my right hand all year, master of logistics, volunteers, and handler of all the things that keep us rolling. Here are he and Sparrow, who will be celebrating their marriage at the end of the month, taken at our celebration:

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Finally, all the great and professional staff at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, who were helpful, patient, and great to work with. This is how we serenely left their park on Monday after walk-through. Still looking stormy, but having had an authentic-weather Celtic Celebration for 2016:

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Stay tuned for more pictures and tales from this years event!

Danielle Gann-Lind                                                                                                               President