(June 19, 2016) – The Hudson Valley Celtic Festival debuts in the heart of the Hudson Valley next weekend. Pipe bands and fans are invited to come and enjoy a day packed with music, food, culture, and competition.

One of the intentions of this EUSPBA Sanctioned event is to have a very accommodating setup for ‘pipe band’ competitions. The event not only caters to musicians, it strives to provide a truly one-of-a-kind entertainment experience for festival attendees. Event organizers have carefully designed a competition that focuses on the meat and potatoes of a bagpipe band competition. The event will kick off by skipping opening massed bands, and focus on solo and band competitions. Band and solo competition participants will enjoy free entry as well as a variety of high caliber judges.

The confirmed judges for the festival include: Bruce Gandy, Duncan Bell, Jimmy Bell, Jim Stack, Hugh Cameron.

Pipe Bands Grades 2-5: 1st place $500, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100.

There will also be a new event called the “Donald Lindsay Playoff” at the end of the day, created with the intention to connect the audience and the music. Essentially, the idea is to let the bands have fun and play whatever they wish. The audience will select the winner who will walk away with a trophy.

The festival will also be raising funds to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and specifically, a local former Marine and Iraq War Veteran.

Admission is $15 at the gate, $10 online. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

On Friday evening at 5:00 PM, a premier piping contest event will be held. This is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy some excellent piping. Admission to the Friday evening event is free.

Milton, NY is a good central location for bands from NYC and the upper parts of the NE Branch. (It’s approximately 1.5 hours south of Albany and 1.5 hours north of NYC.)

The event will take place on Saturday, June 25th at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome. (240 Milton Turnpike, Milton, NY 12547).

Festival Site Map

To register for the competition and for additional information, CLICK HERE