Celebrating culture at the 11th annual CelticFest

Screen Shot 2016-09-18 at 4.46.04 PMBROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Local residents spent their Sunday celebrating their culture at the Celtic Society of west Tennessee’s 11th annual Celtic festival. Organizers said CelticFest brings people together to recognize their heritage.

Secretary, Sue Bates said “over two thirds of the people in Tennessee have Irish or Scottish or other Celtic countries roots.”

The Celtic society of west Tennessee has hosted the festival in several locations over the years, but this time they decided to take it to Brownsville.

“It’s our first year in this new venue. We’ve been adopted by the Brownsville chamber of commerce and the Delta heritage center,” Bates said.

Attendee, Susan Macdonald said “I like the new sight first time we’ve been to Brownsville and enjoying the music just good to see some old friends here.”

CelticFest vendors had one of a kind items you cant find anywhere else. One vendor, Sandy Armor, said he creates all of his pieces the old fashion way.

“I’m an old-time blacksmith. I use no electricity in my business,”he said.

From handmade knives, to Celtic food, and live music the festival has some folks already excited for next year.

“I love the CelticFest! This is my 2nd year to do this festival and looking forward to doing it again next year.” Armor said.

Organizers also collected non perishable food items from attendees to give to the Brownsville food bank.

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