Almonte's Alex George
Almonte’s Alex George

Almonte Celtfest 2015 wants to be the first to wish you and all the citizens of Lanark County a Happy National Fiddling Day on Saturday May 16th. This day will be set aside to commemorate the cultural significance that fiddle music plays in Canada annually on the third Saturday of May. The bill, introduced by Liberal PEI Senator Libbe Hubley was unanimously passed in March 2015. A local talented fiddler, 14 year old Alexander George, spoke to representatives of all political parties about the importance of the fiddle in Canadian music tradition prior to its proclamation in the legislature. This year marks the first of many Fiddling Day celebrations to come!

Currently, Celtfest volunteers are lining up a slate of national, regional, and local talent in what promises to be a marvelous exhibition of Celtic music and dance at Almonte Celtfest 2015 in Gemmill Park, Almonte, this July 10-12, 2015. The line-up includes The Dardanelles, Steel City Rovers, Hadrian’s Wall, and The Peelers among other regional and local performers. There will be something for everyone who loves the cheerful, friendly ambiance of Celtic music—pub night on July 10th in nearby establishments, festival of performers in Gemmill Park on both July 11th and 12th, a fiddle mass at Holy Name of Mary Church on Sunday morning July 12th, workshops for kids and adults throughout, and tents devoted to seniors and to children. Food, refreshments, and vendors will all be available in the Park, as well as buskers in the town centre. It promises to be a rousing, exciting, and enjoyable weekend for families and individuals.

Keeping this wonderful event affordable for families with free admission at the gate while still showcasing the high caliber of musical talent for which it is known requires significant fundraising.

Raffle tickets are now on sale at venues around town and the proceeds will go to support the many costs of hosting this annual festival. First prize, sponsored by WestJet, is a $3000 travel voucher for anywhere WestJet flies; second prize is a $600 Experience Almonte gift basket; and third prize is an Experience Celtfest basket of gift items, valued at $300. Tickets go on sale in local vendor locations from now until the festival, at Baker Bob’s, Blackbird, Barley Mow, Moose McGuire’s, Mississippi Mills Music Works, and at Gemmill Park during the festival. The draw takes place at the festival at 4 pm, July 12, 2015. Think of your $10 ticket as a contribution to the community of Mississippi Mills, and your much appreciated support for the 19th annual Celtfest in Almonte!!