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The Celtic Heritage Society has announced a date change for the annual CelticFest Mississippi.

The 26th annual festival will take place on Saturday, March 24 at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum from 10 a.m. to midnight. This will be a one-day event.

“Many of the things you have loved about CelticFest… will continue,” a Facebook post says, “including Highland Games demonstrations, workshops, vendors, food, dance performances, our famous Céilí and of course, amazing musicians… without all the heat!”

The annual whiskey tasting, once held on Friday night, is still in the planning stages, hoping to be held in Sparkman Auditorium on the Saturday of the festival.

Will this date interfere with the annual Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade? No, it’s the weekend before, March 17. Will there be an event in September and March? Again, organizers answer no but do have plans for a “fundraiser” of some sort this fall.

As for a musical lineup, the Celtic Heritage Society says with just now settling on a date, interest forms will be sent to bands in September.

“We know this change may mean that some of our longtime friends and festival goers will not be able to attend this year and for that we are truly sorry,” organizers say.  “We hope that you will find a way to join us and to share in what we believe is our best option for keeping CelticFest Mississippi going.”

In the interim, the Celtic Heritage Society is seeking dues paying members. The cost is $15 for individuals or $25 for a family. Dues help fund not only CelticFest but other programs throughout the year. Become a member here.