to sponsor, encourage and promote Celtic Culture through events and educational activities.
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Events

Spring Standing Scones Scottish Breakfast

Price Qty
Spring Breakfast Ticketshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Smoked British Baconshow details + $10.99 (USD)  
Un-smoked British Baconshow details + $10.99 (USD)  
Lincolnshire Sausages/Bangershow details + $6.99 (USD)  

  • Spring Traditional Scottish Breakfast
    April 9, 2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural Spring Standing Scones Scottish Breakfast on Sunday, April 9th at 12:00PM!

Due to popular demand, we are pleased to now offer our Traditional Scottish Breakfasts twice a year. We hope you will be able to join us for the inaugural Spring event and enjoy fine Scottish fare, good company, and new springtime signature cocktails!

Tickets are $30 per person, and we always appreciate donations above and beyond ticket prices. This event is available only to members of the Celtic Arts Foundation and their guests. To join or renew, please visit our membership page. We encourage members to purchase tickets early, as meals at the Littlefield Celtic Center have historically been sold-out events, with ticket sales ending in increasingly record times!

We are pleased to debut a new menu for the Spring Traditional Breakfast, featuring:

  • MacTata (Baked root vegetable frittata)
  • Bacon Fat Tatties (Bacon fat confit fingerling potatoes)
  • Scottish back bacon
  • Lincolnshire bangers
  • Blood pudding
  • Roasted mushrooms

We are pleased to once again offer you the opportunity to order some of the fabulous British-style bacon and/or sausages that has been so very popular at our past events.  Your order will be available for pickup only at the event, after the Breakfast/Brunch has been completed.  Because it’s being delivered to our event, you’ll also avoid shipping costs (which typically is about the price of the product again) – so this is a deal to put a smile on a Scot’s face for sure!

Our meals regularly feature meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, and other known allergens. If you have dietary restrictions or concerns, please contact us at least 10 days before the event so we may make special accommodations with the chef.

Questions? Please contact us at events@celticarts.org or 360-416-4934.

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Celtic Fiddle Festival Guitar & Fiddle Workshop

Price Qty
Celtic Fiddle Festival Workshop: Guitarshow details + $45.00 (USD)  
Celtic Fiddle Festival Workshop: Fiddleshow details + $45.00 (USD)  

  • Celtic Fiddle Festival Workshop
    April 26, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for fantastic string music with Celtic Fiddle Festival on Wednesday, April 26th from  6:00-7:00PM!

Note: For tickets to the Celtic Fiddle Festival concert, please click here.

Celtic Fiddle Festival demonstrates and celebrates the rich tapestry of Celtic music through the distinct regional stylings of the band members. The band features Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, and Charlie McKerron on fiddle and Nicholas Quemener on guitar. When the band first began touring, each concert began with a short solo performance from each fiddler to demonstrate the uniqueness of the individual styles of music. The musicians would then all play together to show how these different styles were indeed very closely connected.

This small-class workshop is available to guitarists and fiddlers and will feature a range of Celtic musical stylings.

Questions? Email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Celtic Fiddle Festival Concert

Price Qty
Celtic Fiddle Festival Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Celtic Fiddle Festival Concert
    April 27, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for fantastic string music with Celtic Fiddle Festival on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00PM!

Note: For tickets to the Celtic Fiddle Festival Guitar & Fiddle Workshop, please click here.

“…each of those fiddlers is not only a master musician but is also a master performer. They have stage craft to burn… If you can get to see them live you are in for a treat…”
Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

Celtic Fiddle Festival demonstrates and celebrates the rich tapestry of Celtic music through the distinct regional stylings of the band members. The band features Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, and Charlie McKerron on fiddle and Nicholas Quemener on guitar. When the band first began touring, each concert began with a short solo performance from each fiddler to demonstrate the uniqueness of the individual styles of music. The musicians would then all play together to show how these different styles were indeed very closely connected.

Celtic Fiddle Festival has toured through the United States and Europe, releasing several albums. In 2013, they rejoiced in 20 years of unique, compelling, and powerful music with their sixth recording, Live in Brittany. Featuring all newly-recorded selections, the album represents the rich cultural traditions of Ireland, Quebec, and Brittany, with performances that include freshly composed pieces as well as tunes whose origin is beyond living memory.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew here.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Gaelic Language & Song Workshop

Gaelic Language & Song Workshop
Price Qty
Gaelic Language & Song Workshopshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
Boxed Lunchshow details + $10.00 (USD)  

  • Gaelic Language & Song Workshop
    April 29, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rich Hill

Stacey Giermann

Join us on Saturday, April 29th for the inaugural Gaelic Language Workshop at the Littlefield Celtic Center!

We are pleased to partner with Stacey Giermann and Rich Hill from Seattle-based Slighe nan Gaidheal to present a fun introductory workshop to Gaelic language and song basics. This is a spectacular opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning some traditional Celtic songs or finding out more about studying the Gaelic language. The workshop is designed as a beginning course for newcomers to the language, however, all levels of learners are welcome.

Participants will start the day with a quick introduction to what Scottish Gaelic is and a bit of the language’s history. The workshop will then provide students with an introduction to Gaelic–we’ll wrap our minds (and tongues) around words that look like a jumble of letters, focusing on pronunciation and basic vocabulary. Participants will begin talking with basic, beginning conversational games.

After a lunch break, students will then learn about various types of Gaelic songs, including Puirt, waulking, laments, and more, and their purpose and significance in Celtic culture. Song sheets and pronunciation guides will be provided for students to sing along. Instructors will demonstrate each song and then teach it line-by-line to students.

This is sure to be a fascinating workshop for those who want to learn more about Celtic culture and the Gaelic language. Recording devices are encouraged to assist in later practice.

Stacey Giermann is a Gaelic language coach and speech teacher. Rich Hill has 25 years of experience teaching Gaelic. Both have studied with some of the best Gaelic teachers and singers in the industry. CAF members may recognize Stacey and Rich from some of the events they have sung at, including the most recent Traditional Scottish Breakfast in November 2016.

Students have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch option provided by the Littlefield Celtic Center. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 if you would like to take advantage of this but have specific dietary restrictions/requests. We ask that you contact us at least 10 days before the event in order to allow us time to make arrangements for alternative lunch options. The Littlefield Celtic Center is also within walking distance from several dining options in downtown Mount Vernon.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Concert

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Concert
Price Qty
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Concert
    May 5, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on  Friday, May 5th at 7:00PM for a concert with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante from one of Scotland’s most celebrated folk groups, Battlefield Band!

Note: For tickets to the Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Guitar Workshop, please click here.

Alan Reid​ and ​Rob van Sante​ present a lively show rooted in the music of Scotland, its rich history, and varied landscape, providing much of the inspiration for their material.  Seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion are topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humor and pithy anecdotes. Their latest album, “Rough Diamonds,” is currently showcasing on their regular tours of North America and Europe.  The duo also has a special multimedia show built on their third CD ‘The Adventures of John Paul Jones” (2012), a blend of song, narration, and slides. A musical drama version was premiered at the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in 2012 and performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013.

Alan Reid ​was a vital member of celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band​ from 1969 until 2010. He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. He was nominated at the 2009 Scots Traditions Awards in the “Composer of the Year” category and contributed to Linn Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. Rob van Sante​, sound engineer for Battlefield Band, was born in Holland and has lived most of his life in the north of England. Guitar has always been Rob’s favored instrument–he was initially attracted to rock and blues as a teenager, but it was in England that he discovered a love of folk music. Rob is well known in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his home studio. Battlefield Band was inducted to the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in November 2016.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew here.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Guitar Workshop

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Guitar Workshop
Price Qty
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Guitar Workshopshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Guitar Workshop
    May 6, 2017
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us on Saturday, May 6th from 1:00-3:30PM for a DADGAD guitar workshop with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante!

Note: For tickets to the Alan Reid & Rob van Sante Concert, please click here.

Held at the intimate and acoustically superb Littlefield Celtic Center, this guitar workshop provides students with the benefit of small-class instruction and highly accomplished instructors! Come learn new tunes and techniques. Guitarists of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Alan Reid ​was a vital member of celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band​ from 1969 until 2010. He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. He was nominated at the 2009 Scots Traditions Awards in the “Composer of the Year” category and contributed to Linn Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. Rob van Sante​, sound engineer for Battlefield Band, was born in Holland and has lived most of his life in the north of England. Guitar has always been Rob’s favored instrument–he was initially attracted to rock and blues as a teenager, but it was in England that he discovered a love of folk music. Rob is well known in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his home studio. Battlefield Band was inducted to the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in November 2016.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Hanneke Cassel Band Concert

Hanneke Cassel Band Concert
Price Qty
Hanneke Cassel Band Concertshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Hanneke Cassel Band Concert
    May 10, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00PM for a spectacular evening of Scottish music with the Hanneke Cassel Band!

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”
Boston Globe

Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block, and Christopher Lewis are sure to enchant the audience with their fiery Scottish and Cape Breton-style playing, creating sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music while retaining the integrity and soul of the Scottish fiddle tradition. Hanneke’s latest album, “Dot the Dragon’s Eyes,” showcases influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music.

Hanneke Cassel is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and the 2008 USA Songwriting Contest 1st place winner for Instrumental and 3rd place Overall Winner. She teaches regularly at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, the Mike Block String Camp, Harald Haugaard’s International Fiddle School, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. She will be joined by cellist Mike Block (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) and guitarist Christopher Lewis. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st century,” Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston. A graduate of Julliard School, Mike is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Christopher Lewis provides the driving guitar sound in the band. A Canadian native and Berklee College of Music alum, he has been involved with album production and performance in the Boston indie rock scene.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew here.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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14th Annual Scotch-Tasting Gala

14th Annual Scotch-Tasting Gala
Price Qty
RSVP to Scotch-tasting Galashow details + $0.00 (USD)  

  • 14th Annual Scotch-Tasting Gala
    May 13, 2017
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

14th Annual Scotch-Tasting Fundraiser, Saturday, May 13, 2017

Please join us for our 14th annual Scotch-tasting at the Littlefield Celtic Center in Mount Vernon, WA!   This popular event is for members of the Celtic Arts Foundation only. If you are not currently a member, please join or renew here before signing up for the Scotch-Tasting.

Social time will begin at 5:30pm, with the Scotch-tasting and Dinner starting at about 6:30pm. The program will include live music and exciting new whiskys for 2017! The evening concludes around 9:00pm.

The purpose of our Scotch-tasting gala is to have a great evening, learn about whisky, and to raise money to support the operations of the Celtic Arts Foundation. This is the only major fundraising event we do all year, and as such, we sincerely appreciate each and every donation made. RSVPs are required. Please help us ensure a great event by registering your RSVP as early as possible.

There are no  contribution limits, however, the minimum expected donation for the dinner is $100 per person. As you celebrate with us we invite you to make an additional donation, or pledge-over-time, to help us “sponsor, encourage and promote Celtic culture through events and educational activities.” For your convenience, we will gladly set up monthly automatic deductions, or you can make a one-time donation at the event.

Menu

The Scotch-Tasting Gala features a stunning six-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Gilbert Rodriguez of Skagit Valley College’s Culinary Arts program. Each course is expertly paired to complement a featured whisky. This year, in partnership with Glenfiddich, we will be offering a variety of Glenfiddich and Balviney single malts. Chef Rodriguez and our whisky experts will discuss the flavor profiles of each pairing as it is being served. The 2016 menu is available below.

Jura 10-year-old from the Island region, paired with forest mushrooms, rosemary sponge, and olive oil

Springbank 10-year-old from the Campbelltown region, paired with smoked hen, chipotle, avocado, and corn shoots soup

Aberlour 16-year-old from the Speyside region, paired with braised beef, ginger snap, and lemon

Oban 14-year-old from the Highland region, paired with brown butter cookies, bitter chocolate, honey, and fruit

Ardbeg 10-year-old from the Islay region, paired with coffee-smoked duck, parsnip, orange, and red eye gravy

Glenkinchie 12-year-old from the Lowlands region, paired with lemon cheesecake, herbs de province, and black pepper

Our meals regularly feature meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, and other known allergens. If you have dietary restrictions or concerns, please contact us at least 10 days before the event so we may make special accommodations with the chef.

Accommodations and Transportation

Our preferred hotel is the Best Western Skagit Valley Inn, which provides a discounted rate to members of the Celtic Arts Foundation. Please contact us at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org to learn more about booking at the member rate. Please make all reservations directly through Best Western.

Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn
2300 Market Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: 360.428.5678
Toll-free: 800.662.6886

Cab service to and from Littlefield Celtic Center can be obtained by calling A Better Cab Company at 360-755-9262.

Scotch-tasting RSVP

Please complete the Tickets Registration information below or call 360-416-4934 to RSVP. This event is limited to 100 guests; we encourage early registration, as we expect it to be sold out once again this year.

Donations, including the $100 minimum, will be collected at the Scotch-Tasting Gala. By submitting an RSVP below, you agree to abide by our Ticket Policy.

If you can’t make it to the Scotch-tasting, but would still like to support the work of the Celtic Arts Foundation, please go to the Donate Now page.

Due to Washington State liquor laws, this fund-raising event is not open to the public and is only for members of the Celtic Arts Foundation. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org. Memberships can be obtained or renewed, through our website.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner

3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner
Price Qty
3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner Ticketshow details + $35.00 (USD)  

  • 3rd Annual Gathering of the Clans Dinner
    July 7, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Friday, July 7th for the newest tradition of the Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival!

For the third year in a row, we are pleased to present The Gathering of the Clans Dinner at the Littlefield Celtic Center. The official kickoff event to the Highland Games, this dinner and bagpipe concert is the perfect way to connect with friends old and new as we celebrate one of Skagit Valley’s most anticipated summer events.

Thanks to the generous support of Clans Munro (Doc Jim Monroe) and MacKenzie (Rod MacKenzie and Ruth Flucke), we are able to offer tickets for only $35 per person.  Stuart Liddell is back once again from Scotland to pipe for us, treating us to what is sure to be a spectacular performance by one of the world’s most accomplished pipers.

Guests are encouraged to represent their clan and don their tartan and kilts for the festivities!

Social hour begins at 5:30PM with dinner to follow at 6:00PM. Our meals regularly feature meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, and other known allergens. If you have dietary restrictions or concerns, please contact us at least 10 days before the event so we may make special accommodations with the chef.

We encourage guests to purchase tickets early, as meals at the Littlefield Celtic Center have historically been sold-out events, with ticket sales ending in increasingly record times!

We are pleased to offer discounted rates at the Best Western Inn Skagit Valley Plus for members of the Celtic Arts Foundation. For instructions on how to take advantage of the member discount, please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934. Become a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation and take advantage of the discounted rate year-round. For other lodging options in the area, please see the list of Highland Games Lodging Options. We recommend making reservations early.

Questions? Please contact us at events@celticarts.org or 360-416-4934.

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2017

Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2017
Price Qty
Scottish Clan or Association, 10 X 10 boothshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Information providing (non-selling) non-profit organizationshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Food Vendor (power included - subject to review)show details + $650.00 (USD)  
Food Vendor (not-for-profit)show details + $200.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 10 boothshow details + $325.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 20 boothshow details + $450.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 20 X 20 boothshow details + $650.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - needing power (subject to review)show details + $15.00 (USD)  
Tables to rent - 2 day rentalshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Additional 2 day pass for vendors (4 provided with application)show details + $7.00 (USD)  

  • 2017 Highland Games Vendor Applications
    July 8, 2017 - July 9, 2017
    8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Vending at the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games

IMG_1123The Skagit Valley Highland Games attracts approximately 15,000 people over the course of each second full weekend of July. Clans and vendors are an important part of our event, and we do everything we can to make it a fun and worthwhile experience. Our goal is for this to be a positive and profitable experience for you, and a truly win-win situation for us all.

If you are a new vendor who has not attended the Skagit Valley Highland Games in the past, we request that you please include pictures and descriptions of merchandise for review with your application. We make efforts to have merchandise that is generally “Celtic” in theme and to the extent possible try to not duplicate food selections especially. For that reason, we also request that all food vendors submit their food menus with their application.

Our process is to review applications and make the determination on including vendors before depositing an application payment (check or credit card). If an application is not approved for any reason, we’ll return the vendor fee payment as soon as possible with notification to the applicant. The Celtic Arts Foundation reserves the right to include or reject an application for any reason.

Summary of total vendor charges for two-day event:

  • Clan, 10 X 10 booth $ 30
  • Food, not-for-profit $200 (power included as needed)
  • Food vendor $650 (power included as needed)

Merchandise vendors

  • 10 X 10 booth $325
  • 10 X 20 booth $450
  • 20 X 20 booth $650
  • Power connection $15

Table and chair rentals are available for the same cost as last year ($30). Each approved vendor receives four complimentary weekend passes to the Highland Games; additional passes are available for $7 each.

ALL VENDORS MUST COMPLETE THE VENDOR “TICKET” PROCESS BELOW (including Clans). Please make checks payable to: Celtic Arts Foundation.

Deadline: We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible; however, all applications need to be postmarked by June 7, 2017. Vendors who would like to mail in a hard copy of the application are able to access a copy to complete and print here.

Questions? Please e-mail Lindsay@CelticArts.org or call us directly at 1-360-416-4934.

Program advertising: We are currently evaluating how best to complete the program for the Skagit Valley Highland Games; we’ll be in touch with updates.

Having a Clan or Vendor booth at the Skagit Valley Highland Games requires you to enter into a legal contract which entitles you to display/vend on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  In return for the use of the space assigned to you by the Celtic Arts Foundation (CAF), you hereby agree to abide by all rules and regulations stipulated  in the 2017 Skagit Valley Highland Games Clan & Vendor terms.  Please review those rules and terms thoroughly before continuing. Please submit all required permits and certificates etc. to Roberta@CelticArts.org at the time of registration.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98274, United States

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