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Thousands attend 28th annual Celtic Festival

Thousands attend 28th annual Celtic...

SNOW HILL, Md. - The 28th Annual Chesapeake Celtic Festival drew out an impressive crowd this year.

Thousands made it out to the event at Furnace Town in Snow Hill to learn all about the unique Celtic culture and it's interesting traditions. 

Graham Wright, a performer at the festival, said, "It just shines a light on Celtic Culture, that it's still alive and well and shows all the good parts of it."

Countless people of Celtic backgrounds took part in the event.

Patrick Rofe, the Executive Director of Furnace Town, said, "There's a group of vendors that sell Irish themed merchandise. We have also a piping drum corps that comes from Ocean City! They launch the event every day, usually around 11 to noon."

The unique festival attracted all kinds of people, however, not just those of Celtic backgrounds.

Patrick Rofe said, "It's really a place for families to come and have a good time and you don't have to be Irish to enjoy the festival at all."

Event coordinators said the spirit of the festival never ceases to amaze newcomers.

Jeanne Dunord, the Founder of the Chesapeake Celtic Festival, said, "A group of students from SU came over and thanked me and said there is so much peace and love here and I said yes I said we want to show the Celtic spirit and that is the Celtic spirit and we need to spread it."

The festivals performers and vendors are prime examples of those who display the Celtic spirit. Many people, like the medieval fighters, said when they get up to perform, they welcome the audience to be a part of the show. 

Graham Wright said, "We actually want people to come out and play with us. We don't want them to watch us. We want them to want to watch us and then say we'll do what we have to do to play, so that's our whole thing to bring more people in and let them experience what they can."

Overall, event organizers said they had one main goal in mind for this years festival. Dunord said, "One of our focuses very early on was to create an image that being Celtic wasn't just Irish Pubs, that it was the whole Celtic spectrum."

Fortunately, event organizers say they believe they met their mark.


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