by Melonie Sibbitt

2014 winners with Liam
Winners David and Inez McCreary with Celtfest mascot Liam


The luck of the Irish was smiling down on David and Inez McCreary at this year’s 18th annual Almonte Celtfest. WestJet Airlines was once again a major sponsor of this year’s event, generously donating airfare for two. Prize winner could choose from any of WestJet’s destinations, including Ireland, a route they began offering in June of this year. Tickets were sold leading up to and on the weekend of the festival. It’s still not clear if David and Inez’s earlier encounter with Liam the Leprechaun provided the good luck.

 The draw was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon by Almonte Celtfest Chair Brenda Cain-Kealey. Enjoying the beautiful sunny afternoon, and the wonderful up beat tempo of the Celtic entertainment, David and Inez were delighted to hear their name called, “What an exciting surprise” said David McCreary of the win. Thank you to WestJet and the luck of the Irish for this wonderful gift.” When asked of their plans for their win, David replied “As far away as WestJet will fly which I believe is Hawaii!”

 Almonte Celtfest began in 1997 as a Sunday afternoon event that has grown into one of the top Celtic weekend events in the Country. Its mission is to celebrate and promote the Celtic heritage of the Ottawa Valley, share historical traditions and showcase local performers. Celtfest took place in the natural amphitheater of Gemmill Park over the July 4, 5 and 6th, 2014 weekend. This unique festival is completely volunteer run and remains an admission by donation event. Like us on Facebook at Almonte Celtfest and follow us on twitter at twitter@almonteceltfest.

 For further information visit www.almonteceltfest.com or contact us at almonteceltfest@hotmail.com