ELIZABETH CELTIC FESTIVAL
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL: SAT. & SUN. JULY 19 & 20, 2008
(The Third "Full" Weekend of July)

(One week after the Colorado Irish Festival)

Festival Location: Casey Jones Park, 4189 Highway 86, Elizabeth, Colorado

(15 miles east of Castle Rock and 7 miles west of Kiowa)



Here are some photos of last year's event.

We believe that we had around 1,700 adults and children (up from 1,100 last year) on Saturday, and around 1,200 adults and children (up from 900) on Sunday. These figures include performers, competitors, exhibitors, and vendors.

Thanks to everyone who came as spectators and to everyone who came as...
volunteers or vendors, artisans or athletes, performers or reenactors, exhibitors or competitors.


Highland Dancing Competition on the COWAL STAGE.


Left: The Caber Toss at the BRAEMAR GLEN. Right: Irish Gypsy Horse


Sanctioned Solo Piping Competition in the PIPERS' WOODS



Thanks to Jeff Rutt of Clan Henderson for these two photos of their Clan Tent. They were in a strategic spot and they're in a lot of photos. We want more photos of everything! Please send them in. (see below).

Mid-Day Ceremonies: The Parade of the Clans, led by The Scottish American Military Society, and our two duty bands:
The Colorado El Jebel Shrine Pipe Band (Pipe Major Tom Johnson), and The Michael Collins AOH Pipes & Drums (Pipe Major Jay Leisure)
Drum Major of the combined bands: D/M David Bonham, Michael Collins AOH Pipes & Drums.



In Memory of Richard Bell, Piper to the Renaissance Scots, who died on Monday, July 16th, 2007 (five days earlier),
when a deer ran out in front of him while he was traveling on his motorcycle in Ohio. Note his pipes and his great kilt
being borne by an honor guard of his fellow reenactors. He was formerly a piper with the Colorado Isle of Mull &
St. Andrew Pipes and Drums.





The Ceili on Saturday Night...


(Right: Larry Augsbury leading the "Calling of the Clans" at dusk on Saturday night.)


SUNDAY MORNING--Military Appreciation Day: The Gates opened at 7:00 a.m. for the Pancake Breakfast.


The first event is a posting of the colors at 8:45 a.m.
Participating: SAMS, the WWII 10th Mountain Division reenactors, the Young Marines, and the Colorado El Jebel Shrine Pipe Band
Besides the National Colors, there are the flags of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and the POW-MIA flag.



SUNDAY MORNING at 9:25 a.m.: Bringing the Tartans to the Kirkin' of the Tartans Worship Service.




Pastor Karen Wehrman of Elbert Presbyterian Church conducted the service.
Ian Wilson, Regional Commissioner of Clan Stewart, did a scripture reading.


Again, the Colorado El Jebel Pipe Band did an outstanding job. They ended the service with "Highland Cathedral."


(Left) The Welsh Society Information Tent. (Right) The Welsh Dancers of Colorado.


(Left) Irish Uilleann Piper Eric Olsen and friend at Dublin Stage.


(Left) Gilded Dragon Designs, a merchant. (Right) Clan Murray Tent.



(Left) Castle Wall Productions preparing for their next performance. (Right) Kilted and comfortable at the Festival.


Parade of the Animals (each day at 2:00 p.m.). Sunday the procession was led by Pipe Major Jay Leisure.


Sunday's Mid-Day Ceremonies were held in the shade of the Renaissance Scots Village.
The Wolves of Dunvegan welcome the Scottish American Military Society.
Close behind is the Michael Collins AOH Pipes & Drums, followed by the clans and other reenactors.




(Left) Ice Cream from Rose's Creamery. (Right) Young Marines helped with parking and perimeter control.


The end of the 2007 Elizabeth Celtic Festival: The Marching to the Main Gate by the Michael Collins AOH Pipes & Drums at 4:30 p.m. Sunday closes out the Festival.

(Left) Aberdeen Lane, past Clan Campbell's Tent (on left of photo) (Right) Turning on to Brigadoon Trail, passing the Clan Henderson Tent.


Left Photo: Blake Lowe (bridge builder) and the "bringers of the bridge" (his friends)
(Left to Right: Lee & Mary Lowe, Wendy Hiserote (Festival Bridge Liaison), Blake Lowe (the builder), Scotty Autin, Logan Keicher, Jason Reil, Ivan Santoyo, and David Reil.)


Photos from Neil Gillette and T.F. Mills. More photos to come...this is a work in progress. Do you have a great photo to share? Send it to us...we couldn't get everything! Digital photos sent over the internet is what is easiest for us to use.

Please send to: Neil Gillette (serving as the webmaster) -- neil80222@hotmail.com

WOT? AN OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBER? Aye, that we have. The Festival's official telephone number is: 303-646-3213. If we don't answer the phone straightaway, please leave us a kind inquiry or message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Contact us: email: neil80222@hotmail.com
or the U.S. Mail: Elizabeth Celtic Festival, PO Box 2149, Elizabeth, CO 80107



Sponsors of the 2007 Elizabeth Celtic Festival





So many people and groups helped make the Elizabeth Celtic Festival a reality.
Here is a first draft of contributions by individuals and groups:

The Kingdom of Mottistone, helping us promote the Festival at the Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Sedalia St. Patrick's Parade and the Elizabeth May Day Flower Parade. Further, they provided critical set-up and take-down help.

The Colorado Youth Pipe Band
They provided tents and volunteer help. Not surprisingly, their pipers dominated the Solo Piping Competition
(Of course, they've been practicing all the time as a lead-up to their second trip to Scotland, this time winning 10th at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland).

The Elbert Posse (help with security)

The Young Marines, Chris Proctor (help with security, parking and Sunday morning Flag Ceremony)

The 79th Highlanders (Jim Campbell) (stage and storage)

Castle Wall Productions and the Colorado Medieval Festival (Providing and setting up the Castle Main Gate)


If you were omitted, but worked or contributed to the Elizabeth Celtic Festival,
we want to acknowledge your contribution...to say thanks.
Please let us know.

The 2008 ELIZABETH CELTIC FESTIVAL

THIS YEAR'S DATES: SAT. & SUN. JULY 19 & 20, 2008
(The Third "Full" Weekend of July)

(One week after the Colorado Irish Festival)

Festival Location: Casey Jones Park, 4189 Highway 86, Elizabeth, Colorado

(15 miles east of Castle Rock and 7 miles west of Kiowa)