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Tartan Days kicks off with contra dance Friday, festival Saturday

This year’s Tartan Day Festival kicks off Friday, April 9 with a special Scottish Ceilidh/Contra Dance featuring music by Sigean, a Celtic band.
Ceilidh (pronounced Kaley) is Gaelic for informal get together of music, dance, and song. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. Cost for the dance is $8.
Door prizes will be given away Friday night and at the free festival on Saturday.
The Tartan Day Festival is a free event. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10 with a parade down Main Street to the Presbyterian Church for a Kirk’ N’ of the Tartans, or blessing.
Then the music starts with the ETSU Celtic Band, sheep herding by Steven McCall and his world champion border collies, Celtic storytelling by Joseph Sobol, face painting, kid games, more Celtic music by Joseph Sobol and Friends, and last but not least, the famous Best Legs in a Kilt Contest.
There will be Highland cows, arts and crafts and plenty of food. All during the Festival will be Bagpipes by the Jericho Highlanders.
Tartan is the material used in kilts and identifies one of the over 300 clans or families. Show some Celtic pride by wearing a kilt or Tartan in sashes, scarves or skirts during the festival and receive discounts at participating downtown businesses.
For more information call 753-4562.