ACCESSIBILITY AT THE CELTIC FESTIVAL
WE’RE ALL FRIENDS OF BOB
We understand there can be challenges when attending large events with friends or family who are memory impaired, living on the spectrum or otherwise differently-abled. Working with Dementia Friendly Saline, Friends of the Festival has implemented protocols to make it easier for people with special needs & their caregivers to enjoy everything the Celtic Festival has to offer.
Festival staff will be easy to recognize on Saturday – they are all wearing green, tan & black tie-dye shirts.
We needed a word that means “pay attention.” Bob is easy to remember and easy to pronounce. (And, our treasurer has very fond memories of Bob, even though Bob didn’t remember her.)
Accessible parking is a large smoothly graveled area to the east of and within 100-feet of the entrance gate. (Look for the big blue banner.)
Volunteer greeters from Dementia Friendly Saline (look for the purple tent and purple hats) will be at the front gate offering "Reverse Valet" service. These Dementia Friendly volunteers will be happy to wait there at the gate with a person with memory issues (or physical limitations) while their care partner goes and parks the car. There will be chairs for everyone's comfort.
GETTING IN TO THE FESTIVAL
At the entrance gate, look for the purple sign that says “We love Bob” and let the folks know you’re a friend of Bob – they have a special button that lets Festival staff know the person wearing the button loves Bob too and may require special assistance.
FRIENDLY MAPS & SCHEDULES
Braille schedules are available at the front gate.
GETTING AROUND THE FESTIVAL
The crushed gravel paths throughout the Council Grounds make maneuvering wheelchairs and walkers easy! There are benches, bleachers and chairs everywhere. And no stairs and no hills!
MOTHERS & BABIES
Breastfeeding - Building A is available to you if you are looking to get away from the crowd.
Diaper Changes - At the brown building at the east end of the Festival there is a family bathroom (between men's & women's) that that is outfitted with a fold-down changing table.
If you get separated, look for the purple flag on the purple tent (front gate) and go there. We’ll help you get re-connected.
NEED SOME QUIET TIME OR BATHROOM PRIVACY?
Go to Building A and ask for Bob – there is comfortable seating away from the noise & crowds where you can unwind for a little while.
At the brown building at the east end of the Festival is a family bathroom (between men's & women's) that has a locking door, a couple of chairs, plenty of space, toilet, sink and a shower.
HAVING TROUBLE FINDING AN EVENT OR LOCATION?
Look for someone wearing that tie-dye shirt, they’ll be happy to help you get where you’re going.
GETTING SOMETHING TO EAT
We have asked our food vendors to prepare easy-to-understand picture menus to help make the decision easier. Look for the purple “We love Bob!” signs.
We have let all of the vendors, merchants, volunteers & entertainers who will be at the Festival know that we’re expecting a lot of Bob’s friends and that they will be wearing purple buttons. We’ve also provided them with some basic information to help them be prepared to better interact with all of Bob’s friends (a little extra patience, a little more kindness.)
If before arriving at the Festival there is something we can do to make your attendance easier – let us know – our email address is TheCelticFestival@gmail.com. We can store medical equipment, refrigerate medications, or make sure there’s a good seat at a specific event if that’s what you need. All you need to do is ask!