The Kiroli Foundation is excited to announce the annual Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival (NELA Celtic Fest) will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. Admission for this family-friendly event is $5 per person for those 3 years old and up.
The NELA Celtic Fest is the longest-running festival still in existence in the Ouachita Parish area. The festival seeks to preserve the rich Celtic heritage, traditions, and lore of Northeast Louisiana. Event organizers would like to remind the public that sponsorship opportunities and vendor slots are still available.
The Highland Games will be returning as part of this year’s event. It has been more than five years since the games have taken place at the festival. This highly entertaining athletic tradition is over 1,000 years old and is rooted in the Gaelic spirit. Professional athletes will travel from all over the country to compete in six disciplines: The Caber Toss, Weights for Distance, Weights for Height, Heavy Hammer, Stone Put, and Sheaf Toss.
Registration is also open to amateurs to compete in the Highland Games. Individuals who excel in powerlifting, CrossFit, or other athletic disciplines are all encouraged to participate. Backyard Rebellion, the Highland Games organization overseeing the games, will be providing free demonstrations and mini-coaching sessions on-site. There is no fee to register. Registration information can be found on the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival Facebook Page.
The festival will feature various performances including Murder the Stout, the Thistle Dancers and Pipers, Emerald Accent, Bonnie Ferguson with Dead Reckoning, and the newly formed local band, The Celtic Collective.
Activities and demonstrations such as dog herding, storytelling, and other family friendly activities will be on-site for festival-goers to enjoy. In addition, numerous artists, crafters and food vendors will be selling Celtic-themed and handmade items. Flying Heart Brewing and Pub will be selling various beers on-tap at the festival for attendees 21 years old and up.
For more information about the festival or for a schedule of performances, please visit the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NELACelticFest