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Fair brings all things Celtic back to Frogtown

The Calaveras Celtic Faire finally is old enough to enjoy a pint of Guinness.

The popular celebration marks its 21st year March 10-11 at the Frogtown fairgrounds in Angels Camp. This year's event will be both a celebration of St. Patrick's Day and of the Celtic woman. The lineup will feature a Scottish sister act, GiveWay, and Irish artist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

"Every year, we have a special theme, and right now there's been a lot of press with Celtic women and the PBS special (the 'Celtic Woman: A New Journey' concert next airs on KVIE Channel 6 on Sunday at 9 a.m.), so I thought this would be a perfect year to showcase some of the talent," said Patrick Karnahan, festival producer and president. "There are a lot more female groups now in Celtic music, which used to be all dominated by make groups."

Also performing will be the Black Brothers, Golden Bough, Wicked Tinkers, Tempest, Culann's Hounds, the Black Irish Band and the Michael Lucey Group.

As in years past, the Calaveras Celtic Faire will highlight the art, music, culture and history of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall. The event runs rain, snow or shine, and more than 20,000 people are expected to attend.

Besides music, festivities include the Highland Heavyweight Athletic Championships, a living-history village with about 600 historical re-enactors, jousting knights, the Royal Court of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, minstrels, jugglers, bards, stilt walkers, dancers, fire eaters and more. The weekend also features children's activities, arts and crafts, plus food and drink for sale.

The festivities open with a traditional ceilidh featuring Culann's Hounds, Tempest and other acts from 6 to 10 p.m. March 9. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

WHAT: Calaveras Celtic Faire

WHEN: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 10; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11

WHERE: Frogtown, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, off Highway 49, Angels Camp

TICKETS: $24 Saturday; $20 Sunday; $18 students/military/seniors; $10 children ages 6-12; free to kids 5 and under

CALL: 588-9314