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Reno Celtic Celebration — Exploring Nevada

The Reno Celtic Celebration showcases games and other activities, costumes, critters, food and drink, music and dance from Ireland and Scotland, original home of the Celts.

The two day event in October had something to interest just about anyone whether they wanted to participate or just watch and enjoy.
The local chapter of The Empire of Chivalry and Steel (my daughter and son-in-law are members) was one of several Educational Re-enactment societies and groups in the Heritage Area. The Queens Guard could be seen roaming the festival grounds.
Vendors of Celtic goods and Celtic food and drink had their booths while a covered stage and seating area provided a venue to watch Irish and Scottish dance.
Visitors were encouraged to try their luck at Highland games like the caber toss and stone shot put.

2013 Reno Celtic Celebration photos

Covered bridge entrance to Bartley Ranch Regional Park

The Reno Celtic Celebration was held at Bartley Ranch Regional Park — through this covered bridge.

Heritage Area

The Heritage area at Bartley Ranch simulates a village out of the Middle Ages.

Two knights demonstrate sword fighting

Members of the The Empire of Chivalry and Steel demonstrate combat with steel swords.

Spinning yarn on a small spinning wheel.

Fiber arts such as spinning and weaving were demonstrated by ECS and Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Using a small hand cranked press to make paper

Royal Paper makers Kyle and Kaylee Sinclair demonstrated papermaking.

Traditional Queens Guard costumes

2nd, 3rd or 4th sons of noblemen or wealthy merchants don't inherit so must gain favor with the queen through military service.

Men and women in traditional Celtic costumes.

The Queens Guard was well represented with many participants in traditional costumes.

Children in traditional Scottish costumes.

The Royal Court Scotland was represented by both adults and younger generation in traditional costume.

Woman holding a Peregrine Falcon

Marie Crawford and Chole Bowen with Royal Rafter 66 Falconers and Birds of Prey displayed several birds
talking about where they came from and how they hunt with them.

Close up of a hawk


Close up horned owl


Peregrine Falcone


Celtic Critters

Clydesdales and Highland Cattle were on display — both are associated with Celtic lands along with over sixty dog and three cat breeds. Other horse breeds associated with Celtic lands include Connemara and Shetland ponies and Draught horses.

Horse eating hay.


Long horned Highland steer.



Two popular forms of Celtic entertainment — bagpipes and Irish dance — were at the celebration.
3rd and 4th grade bands from the City of Sacramento Pipe Band and Reno’s Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band entertained.
Bagpipers and drummers
Several dance groups entertained on the main stage including those below from the Blanchette School of Irish Dance.
Five young women doing Irish dance.
Young man throwing a caber
Everyone was invited to give caber tossing a try.
Three Jaguar automobiles
British Automobiles were on display from the Reno Jaguar Club.
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