A Celtic Fiesta
Are you a MacDougall, a Stewart or a Duffy? Do you have a love of the charm and history that represents Ireland and Scotland? Does a celebration of your Celtic Heritage sound intriguing? The 10th annual Scottish-Irish Faire is for you!
Held annually in Midland, Texas, at the Midland Horseshoe Arena on I-20, this fair transports you to the land of green with traditional bagpipe music wafting through the air, jousting competitions with knights and traditional food and drink you remember your grandmother preparing. Don your Donegal hat and your favorite hand-knitted sweater, take a sip of Irish coffee (coffee spiked with Irish whiskey, sugar and cream), kiss your sweetie for Irish luck, hum your favorite sea shanty and head to the Arena for old-fashioned fun and a celebration of Irish and Scottish heritage.
This year’s festival dates are March 10-11, with Saturday’s festivities beginning at 10 am and continuing into the evening. The traditional song circle, Ceilidh, is a festival highlight and is held at 8 pm. The doors re-open Sunday morning at 10 am, concluding at 5 pm. The fair attracts nearly 5,000 attendees so it's large enough to offer a lot of activities, yet small enough to take your children and not worry you will get separated
Festival attendees are always excited by the number of interesting workshops organizers have planned. This year you can study Gaelic language, learn the basics of hand weaving a tartan plaid and inkle (band) weaving, and practice hand piecing. One of the most popular workshops, no surprise, is the beer and whiskey tasting, which requires a small fee.
Dog events continue to be very popular at this annual indoor festival, and the McBasset Dressed Up Doggies Contest always brings plenty of laughs. Held at 2:30 on Saturday, prizes are given for Most Original Costume, Happiest Tail Wagger and Best Behaved. Immediately afterward is the Celtic Breeds Parade, where you can see breeds such as Irish Wolfhounds, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Old English Sheepdogs and other eligible breeds.
Traditional Irish and Scottish music and dancing are presented throughout the festival. This year’s participating musicians include Jiggernaut, Red McWilliams, Murder the Stout, Hugh Morrison, Marc Gunn, Kelley Kingston, Jed Marum and Empyre Pipe and Drums. Lots of vendors will be on hand, offering clothing, Irish wools and linens, jewelry, musical instruments, toys, artwork and family crests. Booths loaded with food and drink will keep you sustained. Children’s activities such as face painting will keep the younger ones entertained. Past years have featured performances by knights (mostly women!) showing their skills with lances upon horseback. There is something for everyone at this fun fest!
What else can you do while visiting Midland? You can tour the childhood home of President George W. Bush, shop at over 90 stores at Midland Park Mall, explore local flora and fauna at Sibley Nature or visit the Petroleum Museum. Outdoor recreational pursuits include fishing, hunting, horseback riding and golfing.
Dance a jig to a Celtic fiddle, enjoy some traditional Celtic munchies, learn a little about your heritage and pass along traditions to the younger folks. If you are in the west-central area of Texas, check out the family-friendly Scottish-Irish Faire – the pipes are calling you!
With any major event or attraction, creating great travel plans can make or break your experience. For the Scottish-Irish Faire, making your travel plans as far in advance as possible is helpful. An option is to book a Midland, TX hotel and air package deal. If you are bringing the whole family, never fear as we offer all the Midland TX discount hotels at the lowest prices. If you are budget-minded, check out our Midland TX Last-Minute Weekend Deals for unbelievably low prices.