Celtic Classic returns triumphantly to Bethlehem (PHOTOS)


The 24-pound Braemar Stone hovered over Highland Field, win John Van Beuren a new field record Saturday at the 34th annual Celtic Classic in Bethlehem.

Visitors to the Celtic Heritage Celebration can see Van Beuren and all the athletes from the United States Highland Games Championship at this weekend’s classic.

Returning after its 2020 cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Celtic Classic offers feats of strength alongside visitor enrichment in the form of fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and more, Guinness and more. beers, as well as whiskey and soft drinks.

Six stages provide continuous entertainment from international, national and regional artists, including bagpipe groups coming together to compete or sing anywhere on the pitch.

Admission is free to the festival grounds around Main and Spring streets.

Entertainment and sales of food and drink and vendors continue into Saturday night, until 10 p.m., before the classic returns for its last day of 2021 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Visit celticfest.org for the program of events and other festival details.

Presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance, the Celtic Classic draws around 250,000 visitors over three days, according to the office of State Senator Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh / Northampton, who this week announced public funding to support the tradition. .

“This $ 50,000 state grant will once again ensure that the Celtic Classic will be a huge success and have a significant economic impact on businesses in the Lehigh Valley,” Boscola said in a statement. “Celtic Classic is the largest free Celtic festival in North America, and I was proud to work with the Celtic Cultural Alliance to secure this funding at a time when nonprofits face incredible challenges in sustaining their programming and their events. “

The alliance is working closely with the Bethlehem Health Bureau on COVID-19 protocols, which require face coverings inside the Classic’s Ice House site.

With the exception of last year, the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival have been held annually in Bethlehem since 1988.

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Kurt Bresswein can be reached at [email protected].


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