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Celticfest hosts local music, highland games

The Tussey Mountain Celticfest, an evening dedicated to the celebration of native Irish, Welsh and Scottish culture, will take place on Friday at the foot of Tussey Mountain.
The Tussey Mountain Celticfest, an evening dedicated to the celebration of native Irish, Welsh and Scottish culture, will take place on Friday at the foot of Tussey Mountain. Photo provided

The Tussey Mountain Celticfest, an evening dedicated to the celebration of native Irish, Welsh and Scottish culture, will take place on Friday at the foot of Tussey Mountain. This celebration includes musical performances by local artists, highland games for visitors of all ages, as well as Irish beers and local food vendors.

The festival will include the performances of five artists and groups. The Tir Na Nog Irish dancers, a group native to Bellefonte, will open the day’s festivities at 5:30 p.m.

Bruce Young, an Anglo-Irish American fiddler and member of the Fiddle Fantastick company, will follow the Irish dance team, before the Kilmaine Saints, the Nittany Highland Bagpipers and the Bastard Bearded Irishmen take the main stage.

Tussey Mountain’s first Celticfest was organized and hosted in 2013. Back then, the goal of this event was to bring families and friends together in a fun and unique way.

“We have a lot of customers and guests that come out for our amphitheater events like Wingfest and Oktoberfest, and they always tell us that they want more events like that,” said Aaron Weyman, marketing manager for Tussey Mountain.

Since its inception, Celticfest has seen significant growth with last year’s festival hosting well more than 850 people, Weyman said.

In addition to performances by several local artists, Celticfest will also include highland games. These games include the stone throw, caber toss and tug of war and will be open to visitors of all ages. According to Weyman, children younger than 12, who also enjoy free admission to the event, will be able to do mini-golf and go-karting.

“I don’t think you have to have a connection to the Celtic traditions to come out and have fun. The bands are great, the area is awesome, we’re going to have the chair lift running, and there are great sunsets here,” Weyman said.

Visitors of age will also be able to enjoy Irish and Scottish beers including Guinness and Jolly Scot brews among others. Food vendors will include Shepard’s Pie, Dublin Coddle, Doan’s Bones Barbecue and others.

IF YOU GO

  • What: Celticfest
  • When: 5:30-10 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Tussey Mountain
  • Info: www.tusseymountain.com/celticfest
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