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September 2015 Festivals
by Rodger Hara (from the September 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival-September 10-13, Fairgrounds and other venues, Estes Park, CO w/Albannach, Cal, The Elders, Seamus Kennedy, Sligo Rags, Ed Miller, Socks in the Frying Pan, Chef Eric McBride. Fountain City Brass Band and Highland Dance, Irish Dance and Pipe Band Competitions, Scottish Athletics, Tattoo, Country Dance, workshops, seminars and story-telling, clan tents, lots of merchandise and food, dogs of the British Isles, military heritage, living history, Guinness and full contact jousting. Ticket prices vary by day and by event. Check the website www.scotfest.com
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Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater – September 19-20, Citizens Park, Edgewater, CO w/Colcannon, Angus Mohr, Skean Dubh, Avourneen, Potcheen, Across the Pond, Folk Ragout, Colorado Youth Pipe Band and Highland Dancers, Wick School of Irish Dance, Colorado Welsh Society Dancers, Ren Scots, Dogs of the British Isles, HawkQuest and Sheep herding, children’s area, story-telling, clan tents, calling of the clans and bonfire on Saturday night, food and fun, lots of merchandise from local artists, merchants and vendors. HOW MUCH: $2.00 www.celticharvestfestivaledgewater.com
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Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival – September 24-27, Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara in Huerfano County, CO W/Carlos Nunez, the MacDonald Sisters, Daimh, Ed Miller, Adam Agee, Jon Sousa, Mairtin de Cogain, Tanya Perkins, Arlene Patterson, Jerry O’Sullivan and Instrument, dance and singing workshops, seminars, story-telling, concerts, incredible music and cráic, demonstrations, classes, singing, sessions, céilidh and lots of brilliant fellowship. Prices vary according to event – check the website www.celticmusicfest.com or registration in this paper.
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McPherson Kansas Scottish Festival and Highland Games – September 26-27, Lakeside Park, McPherson, KS W/City of McPherson Pipe Band, Earl Grey in the Morning, Jeremy Kittlel Band, Tairis and Highland Dance and Pipe Band Competitions, Irish Dance, Scottish Heavy Athletics, Rugby, Country Dance, clogging, clan tents, genealogy, food, merchandise, children’s events, Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan, Falcons & Raptors, Highland Cows, Clydesdales, Border Collies Herding Sheep. HOW MUCH: $13 Saturday, $10 Sunday. Children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Youth aged 13 through 17 – $3 www.macfestival.org
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Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival hosting the Four Corners Highland Games Championship,
October 3 & 4, 2015 at Riverside Park, Aztec, New Mexico W/ The Angry Brains, Gypsyfire, Kitchen Jam Band, Devils Dram and Patrick Crossing and Celtic Heavy Athletic events (Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Braemar Stone, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, and Sheaf Toss), Highland Dance Competition, Highland Dance Workshop , Clan booths, Vendors including The Celtic Caterer/ Chef Eric W. McBride conducting live cooking Demos, Oz Highland Farm serving traditional Highland Beef products, Fish-n-Chips, Celtic artesian, Kilts, Pipe Bands, Bonny Knees Competition, Children’s Activities – Pick up a Clan Passport at the Entrance Booth and use it as you visit the Clans, Dancers, Pipers and fight a Viking! Return filled out Clan Passport at the Information Booth and be entered into a drawing for a commemorative handmade wooden train! The Kids Highland Games will be held during the lunch break of the Athletic Competitions on Saturday and is free for Kids to try their hand at each of the Celtic Athletic Events. Kids can also participate in activities at the free Children’s Tent and if they are under 12, they get into the entire festival FREE! Info tickets at www.aztechighlandgames.com or 505-419-7526.

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