Port Stephens Celtic Association's 11th annual Clans on the Coast festival on September 15

HOST: Ron Swan, president of the Port Stephens Celtic Association, is ready for the 11th annual Clan on the Coast Celtic festival. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
HOST: Ron Swan, president of the Port Stephens Celtic Association, is ready for the 11th annual Clan on the Coast Celtic festival. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Of all the festivals hosted in Port Stephens, the Clans on the Coast continues to excite due to its uniqueness, colour and fun-loving activities.

This year’s Celtic festival, set to take place on Saturday, September 15 at the Tomaree No 1 sports field, promises to provide more of the same.

“Last year’s event was excellent,” Ron Swan, a festival organiser and president of the Port Stephens Celtic Association, said.

“We had really great attendance. It’s always a great day out. I find people love to head along and immerse themselves in Celtic culture.”

Mr Swan promises that there is “something for everyone” at the festival, which is entering its 11th year.

The day’s program will include the Scottish Pipe Bands and Celtic Band, food and market-type stalls, the caber toss, tug-of-war, Celtic and Highland dancers, Celtic Choir and dog parade.

A ‘don’t miss’ event is the Vanguard Medieval Fighting demonstrations, which according to Mr Swan is always a crowd favourite.

Ron Swan at Nelson Bay foreshore beach.

Ron Swan at Nelson Bay foreshore beach.

The day kicks off with a parade at 9am and ends with a closing ceremony at 3.30pm.

Proceeds raised from the day will go to palliative and cancer care support groups.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for pensioners and $2 for under 18s.

A dinner will be held at Nelson Bay Bowling on Saturday night.

The 2018 Chieftain of the day will be Stephen Hope from Clan Hope.

The festival celebrates all Celtic-speaking nations and cultures.

For more information on the festival, head to the Clans on the Coast website.

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