Highlights from the 2018 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival
Charity: Hero Dogs
Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, improves quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships
Fund raisers for Hero Dogs included:
-Raffle of dog-themed quilt created by volunteers of local Quilts of Valor® Foundation groups
– Afternoon Tea presented by the festival host: St. Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland
– Donation from Clustered Spires Car Club, Host of the British Car Show with a record-breaking 40 cars!
– Donation from Tir na nOg Irish Dance Troupe (Land of the Forever Young)
– Proceeds from raffle of Two Cameras Three Wars, Vietnam Edition, book of photography by Rupy Ruplenas, Army Combat Photographer compiled by his son, John and supported by the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) Post #1814
– Raffle baskets sponsored by the festival host: St. Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland
– Festival-sponsored donation jars
Honored Clan: Ancient Order of Hibernians
Best Clan Tent: Clan Wardlaw
– Run solely by “Volunteer Power”—over 200 individual volunteers! No paid staff.
– Over 6,000 attendees and participants enjoyed the one-day Celtic festival
– Wounded warriors returned for the 6th year to participate in their division of the Highland Athletic Games that started at our festival
– New! An Afternoon Tea sold out as ladies and gentlemen enjoyed tea and scones to support Hero Dogs.
– The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick once again smiled as they served adult beverages!
– Massed Pipe Bands (eight—the most ever! performed at Festival Square and the Opening Ceremony!
– 2nd Annual Cheers for Beers! Informal Pipe Band competition where judging was not only on the technical and musical aspects, but the cheers from the audience.
– New! Clan Leatherneck hosted the “Wee Games” with child-sized Highland games. A record number of children participated free and enjoyed music by Pickin and Grinin, a book reading, dancing, magic shows, karate demos, crafts with Father’s Day cards, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and information about McKenzie, the town’s caboose
– New! The Whisky tastings featured Mt. Airy’s MISCellaneous Distillery and Dieago libations this year.
– The successful recycling program gets better each year!
– NEW! The Vikings invaded the Living History area and added to displays of times gone by.
– Celtic vendors sold the finest traditional Scottish and Irish wares and foods.
– Clan Woof Woof featured the most Celtic breed dog rescue groups and dazzled with agility demonstrations and ‘marching’ in the Parade of the Clans.
– 3nd Annual MMCF Shortbread Competition with 38 entrants—a dozen more than last year.
Best of all—thousands of smiling faces and SUNNY weather!!!!