Check back here for information on the 2018 Celtic Challenge!
2018 Highland Dance info will be updated soon!
Entry Fees are non-refundable. FUSTA-MW receives $1.00 donation from each entry to aid in the development of Scottish dancing in the region. A few reminders for potential dancers:
- Please take advantage of pre-purchasing tickets for admission to the Festival-this applies to those who are not competing and may be purchased when you send the entry in ($10).
- Bus Service begins at 8:00 am at Liberty Middle School.
- Cars may drop off competitors up to 9:30 am on the grounds of the competition.
Music and Dance
The Saline Celtic Festival offers music and dance performances on five stages throughout the day, as well as Friday and Saturday evening performances on the Red Dragon Main Stage.
Due to popular demand, the Scottish athletics are back! This year we will run an amateur open event for men and women of all ages. Events: Heavy and Light Weight for Distance, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, and Braemar and Open Stone. (7 events!)
Wee Folk Activities
Wee Folks Island is a magical place for our wee Celts to go! The Island features something for everyone, be they lad or lassie.
The pipe bands appearing at the Saline Celtic Festival represent the best in Michigan and generally place in the top positions at competitions around the state. Each band will perform a thirty-minute concert set at the top of each hour throughout the afternoon starting at 1:00 pm followed by a massed bands at 5:00 pm.
Visit the clan tents and learn about their heritage. Click here to learn more about clans!
Society for Creative Anachronism
The Ann Arbor Sword Club
Sword displays and Fencing Demonstrations
Today’s modern Mounted Martial Equestrian Games include elements from thousands of years of military and war horse training. These elements include Dressage, Jumping, Jousting, Archery, Firearms, Swordsmanship and Cavalry.
Ring of Steel
Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe is a theatrical combat organization providing classes, training, custom fight choreography, fight direction, weapons rentals, and many other services to the public at large. They will be showing demonstrations all Saturday afternoon!
Schedule of demonstrations: 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, after dark fire show
Sheep Herding Dog Demonstrations & Celtic Dogs
Sheep Herding Schedule: 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm
The Festival will also also feature other Celtic dog breeds such as deerhounds, wolfhounds, bearded collies and terriers. We will also have The Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue at the festival K9 tent. Click here for more information>
Millie the Millpond Monster
Take a stroll by the Saline River and look to see who’s in the water! Is she moving?!
Crowd Participation Events
Schedule coming soon!
Schedule coming soon!
Show a friend your love in this pillow fight on steroids on top of our balance beam.
This year in the textile tent there will be indigo dye demonstrations! Once reserved for the very rich, this natural dye from plants has been shrouded in mystery. Stop by the tent to see the array of blues that can be attained through using this ancient dye. We will be demonstrating dyeing fabric, yarn, and fiber over the course of the day. Guild members will also have items for sale.
Dyeing demonstrations will be at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
Community Expo (Non-Profit Area)
Visit with these associations after the main festival gate and see what they’re all about!