If you enjoy running over, under, around and through obstacles; splashing through streams; sloshing through mud, climbing over hay bale mountains; and just plain having a good time, the Celtic Challenge is perfect for you.
For the third year, the Celtic Challenge will be part of the July 8-9 Saline Celtic Festival. Presented by Workout1, Saline Main Street and Saline Parks & Recreation, the Mastodon Celtic Challenge is a ‘Bootcamp Style,’ fun, challenging obstacle course designed to push participants to their limit. There are various obstacles along a 3-mile course include hills, mud, woods, water, and more. Some obstacles may be strenuous but are optional.
This year the event will include a corporate team challenge on Friday, July 8 and the traditional family and kids challenge, along with the adult challenge on Saturday, July 9. If you’re up for some adventure, here are the details:
- New this year, the Friday Night Corporate Celtic Challenge, starts at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, July 8 in Saline at Mill Pond Park.
- The Family & Kids Celtic Challenge (9yrs & up), begins at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, in Saline at Mill Pond Park.
- The Celtic Challenge for adults (16yrs & up), gets under way, at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, in Saline at Mill Pond Park.
- Register by Thurs. July 7th, 2016. Registration includes entry into Celtic Festival ( a $10-$15 value) bag check, and beverage coupon.
Corporate/4 Person Team: $120 per team
Individual: $30 per person (16yrs & up)
Family: $50 (members or immediate family)
Kids: $15 per person (9yrs – 15)
Click here to register!>
(Note: Under courses, click Community Events, then Family Fun Night.)
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 Quest For Mystic Fire Laser Show
The Quest For Mystic Fire is a colorful half-hour laser show that tells the tale of Merton of Mortontown and his quest for a wizard who can defeat the fierce pond monster. In his quest, he meets up with caber tossers, hammer throwers, and all the other athletes who will be at the fest. Sheepdogs too!
Produced by Illuminatus under the direction of Laser artist Mike Gould, the show also features a commissioned music soundtrack by Ken Kozora. The lasers will be seen Friday and Saturday night after dark.
Fly Wire Zip Line
Feel the rush and channel your inner superhero while you zip line the length of the park!
Cost: $10 per person, per ride or $18 for two people, per ride
Hours: Friday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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
Traditional Celtic Weaponry and Fencing Demonstrations
The Ann Arbor Sword Club
Sword displays and Fencing Demonstrations
This year the Festival will be the proud host of the first invitational Mounted Martial Equestrian Games called The International Series!
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
Herd Dog Training and Skills performances including live demonstrations.
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>
Birds of Prey
Come by the falconer tent to see live hawks and owls!
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.
Available Friday, watch two games being played on the athletic field in Mill Pond Park!
Frances Acar returns to lead the Gaelic singing as weavers waulk handwoven tweeds. Demonstrations of wool spinning, weaving, and lace making by members of the Spinners’ Flock, a spinning guild now in it’s 33rd year. Guild members will also have items for sale.
Community Expo (Non-Profit Area)
Visit with these associations after the main festival gate and see what they’re all about!