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Celtic Festival encompasses more than music

Alasdair Fraser and the Old Blind Dogs headline Nevada City community radio KVMR’s eighth annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace this Saturday and Sunday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

KVMR’s largest fund-raiser of the year also includes music by Solas, Mick Maloney, the Wicked Tinkers, Wake the Dead, White Hackle Pipe and Drum Band, The Celtic Wonder Band and Emerald Mist.

Besides the ongoing music performances, the Celtic Festival offers music workshops and jam sessions for musicians and dancers of every skill level; Championship Highland Athletic Games; The Village Blacksmith, combining master blacksmithing and storytelling; children’s activities such as Celtic crafts, face painting, a climbing castle and hay bales for jumping; and a marketplace featuring Celtic merchandise, food and beverages.

In addition, ongoing historical re-enactments include a visit by Mary Queen of Scotts to Scottish lords in the 16th century and everyday life in 16th-century Ireland, complete with games, stories and the training of young warriors.

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