Highland dancing, caber toss, bagpipe bands and medieval battle re-enactments are just some of the festivities that will take place as part of Port Stephens’ annual Celtic Festival, Clans on the Coast this Saturday.
The event encourages locals and travellers alike to join as Tomaree Sports Ground at Nelson Bay comes alive with market stalls, singing groups, highland games and even a fashion parade – for dogs dressed as Scotsmen.
A not-for-profit event run by local volunteers, Clans on the Coast was started by local Ron Swan, who wanted to create an annual festival celebrating and sharing the Scottish and Celtic settlers’ historic contribution to Australia.
Celtic jewellery, DVDs, clothing, haggis and other food, wine and beer tastings will be on offer at the many market stalls, alongside clan tents, where visitors can make connections with their ancestry clans. Displays will include a marching parade at 9.30am, Scottish pipe bands, Celtic dancing, medieval fighting and a series of amateur events where men and women compete in tug-of-war, light caber toss and a push up contest, in order to win the coveted ‘strongman’ and ‘strongwoman’ trophies. The event will finish with a massed band finale.
Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for pensioners, and children under 18 are free.
WHAT: Clans on the Coast
WHERE: Tomaree No 1 Sports Ground, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8.30am to 4.30pm
MORE INFO: portstephens.org.au
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