Big Stone Celtic Festival returns to Big Stone Gap

Mike Still • Updated Sep 13, 2019 at 9:02 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Music, storytelling, crafts and sheepherding with a Celtic flavor will fill the streets and attractions with Saturday’s return of the Big Stone Celtic Festival.

Events start with the Tour de Crackers Neck Bike Race at 9 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. parade beginning at the fire hall on Shawnee Avenue, led by the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums.

Bullitt Park will also be the site for sheepdog demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Children’s activities begin at the park at 11:30 a.m.

The Big Stone Gap Visitors Center will host Mountain Traditions Woodcarvers all day Saturday, with musical performances by Sandra Parker and Sigean beginning at 2 p.m.

The Miner’s Park stage on Wood Avenue will be the festival’s center from 11:30 a.m. until the early evening with the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Appalachian Renaissance Faire Players, Iona, Doug Bischoff, Sigean and Sandra Parker. A beer garden will be available at the park starting at noon.

More music will be featured at a High Tea and Acoustic Parlor from 2-4 p.m. at the John Fox Jr. House on Shawnee Avenue. Festival attendees can also sample Celtic fare at the Presbyterian Church from 4-6 p.m.

Other events will be held at the Harry Meador Coal Museum, C. Bascom Slemp Library, Bullitt Park, Jessie Lea RV Park and Campground and Mountain Stewards Center.

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