Saline Celtic Festival Mastodon Celtic Challenge

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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.

Advance Registration
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)

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(Note: Under courses, click Community Events, then Family Fun Night.)

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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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!

Society for Creative Anachronism
Traditional Celtic Weaponry and Fencing Demonstrations

The Ann Arbor Sword Club
Sword displays and Fencing Demonstrations

Jousting
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.

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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

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!