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Eileen Ivers Headlines Saturday Night Fun at Saline Celtic Festival

For the first time, the Saline Celtic Festival includes a lineup of Saturday night fun.

Internationally-known Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul headline what promises to be one of the biggest days in the history of the Saline Celtic Festival Saturday.

Ivers, a nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champ and Grammy winner who was an original star of Riverdance and has played with The Chieftans, String, Patti Smith, the London Symphony Orchestra, is just one of the big names in Celtic music who will play at the Saline Celtic Festival Saturday.

Also peforming are the Tartan Terrors, Seven Nations, Rant Maggie Rant, The Bowzies and Beth Patterson.

The gates at Millpond Park open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

In years past, by late afternoon, the Celtic Festival was wrapping up.

Not this year.

"We wanted to give people reason to stick around all day," said Bob Rash, member of the festival's organizing committee. "So we went out and we got some of the biggest Celtic music acts in North America to come to Saline. We think we've got an outstanding day of music planned."

Here is the the schedule of events for Saturday, as posted at www.salineceltic.org.

8:00 am 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk, begins at Saline Middle School

 9:00 am Gates Open, Mill Pond Park

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Highland Dance Competition

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Celtic Dogs Exhibition

10:00 am - 7:00 pm Living History Enactments
MacFarlane's Company: portrayal of Celtic clans
Society for Creative Anachronism
Bird Rescue of Huron Valley falconry
Ann Arbor Sword Club
Ring of Steel
Millie, The Mill Pond Monster

10:00 am - 7:00 pm Merchant Village

10:00 am - 11:00 pm Food Fare

12:00 pm Wee Folks Island Open
Kids Celtic Games and Art & Crafts

12:00 pm
Fiddlers ReStrung, Red Dragon Stage
Jousting Demonstration, Field Event
Waulking Demonstration, Textile Tent 
Harp Demonstration, Carol Kappus & friends, Accoustic Tent

12:30 pm 
The Celtic Connections Band, Brecon Stage
Glen Erin Piping Competition, Field Event 
Golf Chipping, Field Event 
Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School, Dance Stage

12:45 pm
Grand Rapids Piping Competition, Field Event
Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage

1:00 pm 
Sheepherding Demonstration, Field Event 
Haggis Hurl, Field Event 
Cabar Feidh Piping Competition, Field Event 
Rubber Ducky Races, Wee Folks Island
All Fiddler Reunion, Accoustic Tent

1:15 pm
Rant Maggie Rant, Red Dragon Stage
Ceili Dance (participatory) - caller: Kimberly Mikulski / music: Seven Nations, Dance Stage 
Flint Scottish Piping Competition, Field Event 

1:30 pm 
The Tartan Terrors, Brecon Stage
Detroit Caledonian Piping Competition, Field Event
Relay on ROMP, Wee Folks Island

2:00 pm 
Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage
Clearyʼs Pub Session Band, Accoustic Tent
Jousting Demonstration, Field Event 
Rubber Ducky Races, Wee Folks Island
Waulking Demonstration, Textile Tent 
Glen Erin Piping Concert, Field Event

2:20 pm Grand Rapids Piping Concert, Field Event

2:30 pm
The Moxie Strings, Red Dragon Stage
Irish Dance School of Lansing, Dance Stage 

2:40 pm Cabar Feidh Piping Concert, Field Event

2:45 pm The Bowzies, Brecon Stage

3:00 pm 
Sheepherding Demonstration, Field Event 
Haggis Hurl, Field Event 
Rubber Ducky Races, Wee Folks Island
Flint Scottish Piping Concert, Field Event

3:15 pm
Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage
Village Strings, Accoustic Tent

3:20 pm Detroit Caledonian Piping Concert, Field Event

3:30 pm 
Ceili Dance (participatory), calling by Damhsa Uisce Ban Mor / music: Rant Maggie Rant, Dance Stage
Golf Chipping, Field Event

3:45 pm Ealain Ceime Irish Dance School, Red Dragon Stage

4:00 pm 
Seven Nations, Brecon Stage
Jousting Demonstration, Field Event
Waulking Demonstration, Textile Tent

4:30 pm
Wee Folks Parade
Golf Chipping, Field Event 
Ann Arbor Morris & The Quality, Dance Stage 
Detroit Irish Music Association, Accoustic Tent

4:45 pm Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Red Dragon Stage

5:00 pm
Sheepherding Demonstration, Field Event 
Haggis Hurl, Field Event 
Relay on ROMP, Wee Folks Island

5:15 pm
Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage
The Moxie Strings, Brecon Stage
The CommonWealth Dance Collective, Dance Stage 

5:30 pm
The Bowzies, Red Dragon Stage
Mass Bands, Field Event 

6:00 pm Jousting Demonstration, Field Event

6:15 pm 
Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage
The Tartan & Thistle Ann Arbor Scottish Country Dancers (participatory) / music: Susie Lorand & Friends, Dance Stage

6:30 pm Rant Maggie Rant, Brecon Stage

6:45 pm The Tartan Terrors, Red Dragon Stage

7:30 pm Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage

8:00 pm Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Red Dragon Stage

9:30 pm Beth Patterson, Red Dragon Stage

10:00 pm Seven Nations, Red Dragon Stage

Adults pay $15. Senior citizens pay $12. Youth (13-17) pay $5. Kids 12 and under are admitted for no charge. A group of 10 can purchase tickets for $80.

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