The summer festivities start Memorial Day weekend, when the fourth annual Shawnee Celtic Festival returns.
"The Shawnee Celtic Festival was added to the schedule four years ago. It was actually a revival of an older fall event called the Shawnee Scottish & Irish Fest, which was held here for several years during the '90s in September each year," said Jim Tust, administrative manager and coordinator for Shawnee Mountain's summer and fall events.
Tust promises two full days of the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands, featuring three stages of nonstop Celtic music with eight bands, along with a Bagpipers Parade.
Additional entertainment includes Scottish and Irish dancers, working sheep dogs, a Celtic wizard and Irish juggler. A variety of Irish and Scottish craft and gift vendors, Celtic food vendors, a wine tent and various kids' activities including a Celtic farm petting zoo and face painting will add to the activities both days.
The festival has grown over the years. "We've added the large festival tent with more seating and a larger stage. Also more children's entertainment will be available, such as the magic and juggling shows, and the Celtic farm animal petting zoo," Tust said.