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Why the date change?

When the current Board of Directors took over in 2017 we had hoped to move the Festival to October to get out of the heat of September & football season but due to conflicts at our former location we couldn't make that happen so we settled on March.  Being in the Spring was great but also problematic due to weather since March is a pretty rainy time in Mississippi. And then of course in person events changed all over the world.  As you know we cancelled in 2020 and decided that the only way we could plan a Festival in 2021 was to be outside so we found Lakeshore Park on the Reservoir and thought we would give October a shot.

Everyone who came, worked, competed or performed this year agrees that this is the most beautiful location for a Festival and the additional space meant we could offer so much more- so we're staying! 

Unfortunately the only dates in October that are available will coincide every year with the Ole Miss/LSU football game plus a local car show. We were happy to give it a go but the numbers don't lie and our attendance was not only disheartening but financially devastating.  Fortunately we had money in reserve and board members & performers kicked in with donations to allow us to try again.  But not in October. 
After consulting with multiple different entities and checking to make sure it doesn't conflict with too many other Irish & Scottish Festivals near to us, we've settled on the June 4th date.   It's early enough in the summer that the temperature should be in the mid 80's- similar to what we actually had this year in October.  Of course we'll have fans and there are lots of shade trees plus a sandy beach so you can always cool off in the water! 

So now we just need you to come and support this Festival!

We'll see you the weekend after Memorial Day for Trad Music, Dance, Pro Highland Heavy Athletics, our famous Céilí Mór and so much more! 

And as a bonus, it is confirmed! -
The mighty trio of Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell and Dave Curley will be headlining CelticFest Mississippi in 2022!    
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