Saline Celtic Festival offers fun for kids on Wee Folks Island

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 07/09/2019 - 18:05
Shield painting is one of several activities on Wee Folks Island at Saturday's Saline Celtic Festival.

Wee Folks Island at Saturday’s Saline Celtic Festival in Mill Pond Park is a kids’ area like no other!


Pint-sized Celts (accompanied by parents) can enjoy arts and crafts, games, story time with Princess Merida, visits with a mermaid, the opportunity to cool off by paddling in the Saline River, and much more!


Thanks to generous sponsorship by Saline’s Play and Learn Children’s Place, activities are free—with the exception of Ducky Races happening every hour from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday.  Duckies are $1 a duck, or six for $5. “The duckies aren't going to race themselves,” says organizer Sean Downie. “Come to Wee Folks Island, and pick your own—watch them race under the bridge, and you can win fantastic prizes!”


Other activities include a Will-o-the-Wisp treasure hunt, coloring Blarney Stones, making garland of beads, painting swords and shields, and playing carnival games, including the new Unicorn Ring Toss.


The afternoon wraps up with a Wee Folks Parade through the Festival grounds at 4:30 p.m., accompanied by a bagpiper and Princess Merida. 


“Wee Folks Island is a fun and magical experience, and a great place to cool off beside the river, so be sure to bring your kids to the Island between noon and 5 on Saturday,” Downie says.


Activities for grown up Celts include music from The Kreellers, Crossbow, Brother Crowe, The Codgers, Thunderwüde, Black Murray, House of Hamill, Paddy’s Cure, The Barley Saints, Nessa, Saline Fiddlers, and Chelsea House Orchestra; as well as pipe bands, ancient athletics, jousting, dance troupes, Highland dance competition, music and dance workshops, textiles and weavers, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, and much more.


The festival kicks off at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 12; gates open at 5 p.m., and the cost is $5 at the gate.


The all-day festival follows on Saturday, July 13.  Saturday tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; $10 for ages 65 and up; $5 ages 12-17; active military and under 12, free.


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Sheila Pursglove
Sheila Pursglove is a long-time Saline-area resident, and a freelance writer for several publications in Michigan, around the U.S. and abroad.