To say Almonte Celtfest 2018 was a success would definitely be an understatement, and we couldn’t be more proud.

The weather gods were definitely on our side this year as we welcomed over 9,000 guests to Celtfest over the three-day weekend, making this a record year.

We have a few groups to thank and we’d like to start out by thanking our sponsors.

Without our sponsors and supporters, Celtfest would not be what it is today. So thank you sponsors – you are an incredible group of businesses and entrepreneurs that continue to have faith in Celtfest weekend, and what it brings to our community. Second, we’d like to thank you, our guests. Thank you for supporting the weekend, showing the musicians your love, and continuously showing up year after year. It means so much to us, the Celtfest Board, that we are able to organize this weekend for you, entertain you, and hopefully leave you on Sunday with a feeling of “now THAT was the best damn weekend!”.

Thirdly, we’d like to sincerely thank our volunteers. Your expertise, the generosity of your time and your overall kindness, are so appreciated. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Now, I’d like to address the Board of Directors.

This was my first year on the Board, after spotting a call-to-action last year on Facebook. You see, I attended Celtfest last year for only the second time, had “the best damn weekend” even in the rain, won the gift basket (which was incredible value), and while a little soggy, hit Sunday with that feeling that I spoke about above. So, I decided to attend the Annual General Meeting to see if perhaps I might be able to participate and give back to our community. And the rest is history, as they say.

I joined as the Director of Promotions. Did I know what I was doing? No. Were there times when I felt like I might be flying by the seat of my pants? Yes. And that’s ok! It’s actually great. Trying something new that you’ve never done before, or even feel like you might be under qualified, can be both scary and exciting. But, I joined an incredible group of individuals, who supported, guided, befriended, and rallied. And I thank them immensely.

Looking out to 2019 – the Celtfest Board of Directors is recruiting!! Yes, we are recruiting for new Board Members to join us in making Celtfest 2019 the next record year.

Open positions include:

Director of Sponsorship
Director of Finance
Site Manager

At 7:00 p.m. on September 11, 2018 at the Almonte Old Town Hall, we will be holding our Celtfest 2019 Annual General Meeting, and welcome and encourage you to come out, see what we are about, talk to the Board members, and sign up for consideration. We would love to see you, and we would be happy to tell you what’s in store for the coming year. Plans are already in the works!

Check the Celtfest Facebook page in the coming days for the AGM event for further details. We’d love to see you, and we’d love to have you join our team.

I can tell you from personal experience, it was one of the best things I’ve done in a long while!