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 $45 (Advance), $55 On site
Children  $15
Families  $50

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.

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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.

Young Artists Showcase

The Saline Celtic Festival continues its tradition of offering young Celtic musicians a chance to perform at the festival. This year the Young Artists Showcase will be at 6pm on the Edinburgh stage.

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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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 twenty-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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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>

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.

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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