Johnston Farm to hold Celtic Heritage Festival


PIQUA — A Celtic Heritage Festival will take place May 25 and 26 at Johnston Farm and Indian Agency.

The new festival will feature lots of music, food, canal boat rides, Highland Games and a church service on Sunday during the two-day event.

“The inspiration for the Celtic Heritage Festival came about when we were considering holding a fundraising event for the site,” Ben Richard, the site manager of Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, said. “We approached Mike Killian, of the Drab Irish Band in Piqua, to see if they’d be willing to be our entertainment. Mike had a vision to have a day of Celtic music and the idea grew from there.”

John Johnston was of Irish and Scot heritage. Richard also noted many of the men who dug the Miami and Erie Canal in the early 1800s were Irish immigrants.

The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 26. The cost of admission includes all activities, including tours of the Johnston home, the Ohio Frontier Museum, canal boat rides and entertainment.

Admission for adults is $10. Admission for senior citizens, those with AAA membership and military and veterans is $9. Admission for children over 2 years of age is $5. Food and drinks are available for a separate charge.

There will be several food trucks on site, including: Go Crazzzy Ice Cream Cereal Bar; The Brunch Truck featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, burritos and shredded chicken; Keyhole Pizza with pizza by the slice and breadsticks; Wilson’s Rollin Schmoke with pulled pork, brisket, wings, ribs and sides; and the Piqua Rotary Club with Crooked Handle Brewery canned drinks and bottled water.

Richard said there is still space for interested vendors. Those who want to set up at the festival can reach out to Johnston Farm’s site manager at [email protected] or by calling 937-773-2522. Anyone else with questions can also contact the manager using this information.

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