Celtic Festival returns to Elizabeth

Events and clans are highlights of weekend

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Elizabeth held its annual Celtic Festival at Casey Jones Park on July 16 and 17 for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event drew attendees from across Denver’s south metro area, as well as several food vendors, merchants and representatives from Colorado’s Scottish and Irish clans.
 
This year, price of admission was increased for attendees due to the sale of land from the Jones family to the Elizabeth Park and Recreation District. According to the Elizabeth Celtic Festival website, it was necessary in order to keep the festival in the long run and to keep in step with the other Celtic festivals in Colorado.
 
The highlight of the weekend was the abundance of Scottish and Irish-themed events. Events included the Scottish Highland Games, living history reenactments, and several competitions (highland dance, solo piping and drumming, and pipe band competitions).
 
Attendees were also able to participate in several activities and watch themed shows and presentations. These included the Children’s Glenn, pubs, Bonnie Knees contest, local music, and Dogs of the British Isles.
 
Another big highlight of the event was the long row of Scottish and Irish Clan tents set up during the event. Most clans or Celtic organizations are associated with a surname (like MacDuff or Ramsay). At the tents, attendees can learn about the history of the clans, and possibly learn more about their own families. Twenty-eight clans were present at this year’s event. This is below the average of 40 clans that usually attend the event. This is likely due to COVID-19 and this being the first year back after pandemic shutdowns.
 
Within Casey Jones Park, 22 merchants lined their tents along the merchants’ row to sell their wares throughout the festival. One of the merchants was Elevated Expressions Co., a 3D printing company that sells dragons, animals and other creatures, many of which are articulated and flexible, serving as fidget toys.
 
In a short email correspondence from July 18, owner Chelsey Hamlin of Elizabeth shared her thoughts on the Elizabeth Celtic Festival.
 
“It was our first time ever going to a Celtic festival but we had so much fun. We were able to see the parades, people watch, and also see some of the competitions from our booth location,” said Hamlin. “Everyone was so positive and happy to support each other. Many people had questions about how we print or what we use to print. Since the festival was not very crowded, we were able to answer questions and have conversations with most of the patrons. We will definitely be returning next year.”
 
For more information on the Elizabeth Celtic Festival, future events, and volunteer information, visit elizabethcelticfest.org.
 
To learn more about Elevated Expressions, visit elevatedexpressionco.com.
Elizabeth Celtic Festival, Elbert County, Scottish, Irish, Elbert County, Colorado

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