Heading to the Celtic Festival? Read This.

Here are some things you need to know if you're heading to the Celtic Festival.

The Saline Celtic Festival and resumes Saturday morning with the run at 8 a.m.

Festival gates at Millpond Park open at 9 a.m. This year, for the first time, the Celtic Festival runs late , with musical peformances by some of North America's most well-known Celtic bands.

Here are some things you need to know before heading for the festival.

Ticket Prices

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. It's $10 admittance after 8 p.m. for adults. Ticket prices include all entertainment and activities.

Major credit cards are accepted at the festival this year.

Getting to the Festival

If you're in town, you can walk to Millpond Park (Follow Bennett Street west until it dead ends at the park).

If you're driving in, you can park and ride the shuttles from:

• Liberty School, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd. (Blue Shuttle)

• Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Rd.  (Blue Shuttle)

• Downtown Parking Lot off Henry Street (Behind Mac's/My Favorite Cafe).  (Red Shuttle)

• Union School Parking Lot, off McKay Street at North Ann Arbor Street. (Red Shuttle)  

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony, at 11 a.m., features a parade of Bagpipe bands through Mill Pond Park.  This year, city council member Brian Marl is the emcee of the opening ceremony.

Popular Events

Jousting takes place at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. The Highland Games, a series of ancient events performed by strong men and women, begin at noon. Events include the open stone, the caber toss and sheaf toss. There are bagpipe competitions all afternoon. Be around at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. when some of the state's best bands join forces for "mass bands."

Kids Stuff

Wee Folks Island, designed for kids, is open from noon to 5 p.m. There are Ducky Races on the hour, a Wee Folks parade at 4:10 p.m., Wee Athletics events and arts and crafts.

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