Australian Celtic Festival is with us again

Get ready to hear the bagpipes bellow, voices sing, and dancers dressed in tartan kicking up their heels - the Australian Celtic Festival is with us again.

Our four-day festival features entertainment that includes a street parade, pipe bands, strong man events, yard dog trials, children’s entertainment, a fun run, dancing, flag raising ceremonies, poet breakfasts, market stalls and Celtic foods.

A Celtic wedding is evening planned!

Our part of the world enjoys a rich Celtic heritage, and the festival does a great job in honouring the pioneers who helped lay the foundations for Glen Innes to become a thriving community.

Now in its 25th year, the festival has grown over the years, and several thousand visitors are expected to visit the district, share their cultural heritage and boost the town’s economy at the same time.

There are several firsts for this year’s festival, with fireworks scheduled for Saturday night around 10pm, following the Damien Leith concert.

The Standing Stones have also recently received new flags – raised for the first time recently and which will stand tall throughout the festival.

It is a credit to Lara Gresham and the festival committee that the festival is such a success, and a great boost to our town.

While the festival is dominated by those from out of town, our community does a wonderful job to make it all happen, from the number of local families prepared to host visitors to the students and teachers that get involved for the combined schools concerts, and the organisers and volunteers that are crucial for the many events to go ahead.

The Official Celtic Awards Night is celebrating its 10th year, which is a wonderful achievement, as the event adds a great deal to the annual festival, honouring music, fashion and dance. We are looking forward to it.

The inaugural Celtic Fashion Awards is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and has attracted entries from across northern NSW.

With so many visitors to our town, let’s welcome them warmly, and make their memories of our community something to treasure.

They will leave as genuine ambassadors for Glen Innes and the Celtic Festival, which is a wonderful way to promote our town, our community and our festival.