BELFAST, Maine — The third annual Maine Celtic Celebration will return to Belfast the weekend of July 17-19.
The sounds of live Celtic music again will provide the soundtrack for a weekend of fun and educational activities for all ages. Events include an opening kickoff barbecue at the Boat House on Friday, July 17, with live music in Steamboat Landing.
Saturday will start early with the Celtic 5K road race, a parade through downtown and the opening of the food and craft vendor areas on Belfast Common and Steamboat Landing. Educational talks and instructional events will cover a range of topics, from genealogy to musical instruments to Celtic dancing.
Live music on the Front Street stage at the foot of Belfast Common will run from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., when a fireworks display will light up the sky over Belfast Harbor. This year’s lineup includes bohola, The Napper Tandies, The Pub Crawlers, Frank Taylor, Long Time Courting and more.
Saturday, July 18, will include crowd favorites such as the cod toss relay, the kilted run and row, the Molly Malone wheelbarrow race and, of course, the U.S. National Cheese Rolling Championship at Belfast Common.
Sunday features a full day of music, including the celebration’s signature finale “Sessiun,” an open jam session featuring musicians from throughout the weekend’s performance schedule.
The Highland Games will be held Sunday, this year at Steamboat Landing in the center of the celebration.
Many fine crafts will be available for sale from vendors, as well as a variety of foods, with something for every appetite.
A full schedule will be available at the official Web site, www.mainecelticcelebration.com.
The celebration is run entirely by volunteers and funded through the generosity of local businesses and individuals. To volunteer or to make a donation, contact Bob MacGregor at 338-2692.