Saline Celtic Festival Mastodon Celtic Challenge


Presented by  Saline Parks & Recreation, Workout1 and Saline Main Street, the Mastodon Celtic Challenge is a fun, challenging obstacle course designed to push you to your limit!  It features various obstacles set up along a 3-mile course including hills, mud, woods, water, and much more!

Wondering if this race is for you?  If you can run/walk a 5k on and off a trail, tackle obstacles, have an adventurous spirit and be willing to get muddy and wet, then it is!  Some obstacles may be strenuous but are optional for those who are less adventurous!  It’s challenge by choice and a great way to give an obstacle course race a try or train for a tougher one!

Adult Waves (16 & Up) is at 9:00 AM
Children’s Wave (ages 9-15) starts at 10:00 AM
Family Wave (9+) starts at 10:00 AM

Adults $30 (advance), $40 on-site
Children  $15 (advance), $25 on-site
Families  $50 (advance), $60 on-site

Registration includes entrance ticket to the Festival and a beverage discount coupon.

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Highland Dance Competitions

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.

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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.

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Highland Athletics

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!)

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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.

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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

Pipe Bands

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.

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Living History

Celtic Clans
Visit the clan tents and learn about their heritage. Click here to learn more about clans!
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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!

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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

Haggis Hurl
Demonstrate your skills by hurling a Haggis, which is a traditional Celtic food, at a target. Three competitions throughout Saturday. Prizes for men’s, women’s, and kid’s winners.

Schedule coming soon!

Golf Chipping
Show your prowess at the traditional Celtic game by chipping in a “closest to the pin” contest. Three competitions throughout Saturday. Prizes for men’s, women’s, and kid’s winners.

Schedule coming soon!

Celtic Clobber
Show a friend your love in this pillow fight on steroids on top of our balance beam.

Gaelic Football

Available Friday, watch two games being played on the athletic field in Mill Pond Park!
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Textiles at the Celtic Festival

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.

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Community Expo (Non-Profit Area)

Visit with these associations after the main festival gate and see what they’re all about!