The annual Will County Celtic Fest, sponsored by the Irish American Society of County Will, will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Joe's Park, 733 Theodore St., Joliet.
Admission is $5 for those 13 and older, free for those 12 and younger. Parking is free.
This news release was submitted by Irish American Society of County Will:Will County Celtic Fest is getting ready for big fun on Sept. 14. There will be fun for all ages with live music on two stages.
To honor those who serve, all military and first responders admitted free. The day jump starts at Noon with bagpipes during the opening ceremonies, featuring Will County Executive Larry Walsh. After a moment of silence, the Emerald Society will start the sweet tones of "Amazing Grace" followed by the rolling thunder of the pipe band's own rock version of the tune.
Music on the main stage includes an exciting mix of traditional Irish, and just about everything wonderful that goes with it. The bands include Cutthroat Shamrock at 8:30 p.m. and acoustic preview at 12:30; Ploughboys at 2 p.m.; Colm O'Brien at 2:45 p.m.; Reilly at 3:45 p.m.; John Condron & the Old Gang Orchestra at 5:30 p.m.; and Tallymoore at 7 p.m. with an acoustic preview at 1 p.m.. Each group is different in their own right. What they all have in common is talent.
The Heritage Tent is where the St. Patrick's School All Year Class Reunion will be held. Admissions from people attending the reunion will be earmarked for the Pat Paul Memorial Scholarship.
The Heritage Stage will feature cultural events, including open Irish pub sessions, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, learn to jig, and more.
Race fans will love meeting Indy Lights Driver Peter Dempsey. The famous Irish driver has earned top positions on the toughest courses, including the Autobahn. He will be on hand all day for photos with his race car, including interviews and autograph sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Allied Nursery Children's Area has expanded to involve numerous actives, including the Chicago Parent Magazine Wee Folk Area for the youngest among us. Kids can plant a shamrock, touch a fire truck, bounce in an inflatable obstacle course, race in potato sacks, go into the petting zoo, have a face painted, attend a magic show and so much more. All actives are included in the price of admission. The Autobahn Race Zone will feature crafts and games, too. Prizes provided by Ranch Frostie.
The Keigher Academy of Irish Dance will be performing on both stages.
The fest is organized by the Irish American Society of County Will, the area's leading Irish group since 1981. Members enter free.
is $5 for age 13 and over. Children 12 and under are free. The event is held at
St. Joe's Park, 733 Theodore Street, Joliet with free parking. There will be
plenty of food, cold beer, raffles, vendors and much more. For details, maps
and other information, click to www.WillCountyCelticFest.com.