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1: Liberty High School Grenadier Band marches past the Hotel Bethlehem on Main St. during the Celtic Classic parade. 1: Liberty High School Grenadier Band marches past the Hotel Bethlehem on Main St. during the Celtic Classic parade.
2: A popular tradition of the Celtic Classic, the massed bands performed at Highland Field on the closing day of the 25th annual festival. Senior Drum Major John Neill of New Tripoli, a Northern Ireland native, was the honorary Grand Marshall of the event. 2: A popular tradition of the Celtic Classic, the massed bands performed at Highland Field on the closing day of the 25th annual festival. Senior Drum Major John Neill of New Tripoli, a Northern Ireland native, was the honorary Grand Marshall of the event.
3: State Sen.Lisa Boscola addresses the crowd at Highland Field after presenting a certificate of recognition from the state Senate in Harrisburg to Jayne Ann Recker, executive director of the Celtic Cultural Alliance which puts on the free festival. Boscola praised the Bethlehem based alliance for preserving Celtic heritage and presenting the largest Celtic event in the USA which attracts more than 250,000 visitors. Bethlehem City Council President Robert J. Donchez and Alliance Board of Trustees member 3: State Sen.Lisa Boscola addresses the crowd at Highland Field after presenting a certificate of recognition from the state Senate in Harrisburg to Jayne Ann Recker, executive director of the Celtic Cultural Alliance which puts on the free festival. Boscola praised the Bethlehem based alliance for preserving Celtic heritage and presenting the largest Celtic event in the USA which attracts more than 250,000 visitors. Bethlehem City Council President Robert J. Donchez and Alliance Board of Trustees member
4: A highlight of the Celtic Classic is the haggis-eating contest held on the opening day of the festival. Neville Gardner, owner of the Donegal Square Celtic store in downtown Bethlehem and founder of the 25-year festival and trustee of the Celtic Classic, carries a pan full of the Scottish delicacy sausages onto the Highland Field for the popular event. Gardner, who started the festival tradition eight years ago, says that haggis is a patty of sheep's stomach, heart, liver and lungs. 4: A highlight of the Celtic Classic is the haggis-eating contest held on the opening day of the festival. Neville Gardner, owner of the Donegal Square Celtic store in downtown Bethlehem and founder of the 25-year festival and trustee of the Celtic Classic, carries a pan full of the Scottish delicacy sausages onto the Highland Field for the popular event. Gardner, who started the festival tradition eight years ago, says that haggis is a patty of sheep's stomach, heart, liver and lungs.
5: Among a dozen haggis-eating contestants at a long table was Dave Strout of Fountain Hill, a seasoned competitor who has entered the contest since it began 8 years ago. 5: Among a dozen haggis-eating contestants at a long table was Dave Strout of Fountain Hill, a seasoned competitor who has entered the contest since it began 8 years ago. "It's very fine," he said of the Scottish delicacy The retired Highland Games champion and festival volunteer sat next to Rob Campbell of New Jersey and this year's contest winner - Adrian Grieve, a Scottish native residing in the Reading area and first-time visitor to the Celtic Classic.
6: Young musicians, The Four Leaf Clovers, performed two shows at the Celtic Classic for the first time in the Jameson Irish Pub tent. The local high school and college students are lead by brothers Vincent, on guitar, and Dominic Behe, right, from Lower Saucon Twp. Alex Brown of Nazareth, left, and Peter Gambino, of Notre Dame H.S. complete the musical foursome which have a 6: Young musicians, The Four Leaf Clovers, performed two shows at the Celtic Classic for the first time in the Jameson Irish Pub tent. The local high school and college students are lead by brothers Vincent, on guitar, and Dominic Behe, right, from Lower Saucon Twp. Alex Brown of Nazareth, left, and Peter Gambino, of Notre Dame H.S. complete the musical foursome which have a "mutual love for all things Irish."
9: A dancer from the O'Grady Quinlin Academy of Irish Dance, Sabrina Bachman gets help from her grandmother Joliene Bachman before receiving a scholarship award from the Celtic Cultural Alliance during the festival. The fourth-grader at William Penn Elementary School in Bethlehem wrote an essay on Irish step dancing. 9: A dancer from the O'Grady Quinlin Academy of Irish Dance, Sabrina Bachman gets help from her grandmother Joliene Bachman before receiving a scholarship award from the Celtic Cultural Alliance during the festival. The fourth-grader at William Penn Elementary School in Bethlehem wrote an essay on Irish step dancing.
8: Celtic Classic festival-goers lined Main Street in downtown Bethlehem for the Showing of the Tartan parade on the second day of the three-day festival. Lori and Matthew Foley, Northampton resident and Bethlehem native, with son Shane and friend Tim Olver of Bethlehem, watch the parade. 8: Celtic Classic festival-goers lined Main Street in downtown Bethlehem for the Showing of the Tartan parade on the second day of the three-day festival. Lori and Matthew Foley, Northampton resident and Bethlehem native, with son Shane and friend Tim Olver of Bethlehem, watch the parade.
Celtic vendors offered a variety merchandise to festival-goers. Proudly wearing her own Irish sweatshirt, Bethlehem resident Megan Klotz and her son Aiden are attracted to colorful Irish t-shirts at O'Neills Gifts booth. Celtic vendors offered a variety merchandise to festival-goers. Proudly wearing her own Irish sweatshirt, Bethlehem resident Megan Klotz and her son Aiden are attracted to colorful Irish t-shirts at O'Neills Gifts booth.
11: As part of the Celtic Classic's family activities, children decorated a ten-foot Styrofoam dragon for next year's St. Patrick's Parade of Shamrocks scheduled for March 16 in Bethlehem. Katie Wiley helps her children Kelly and Paul, decorate the Irish dragon. The Wiley family, who moved to Bethlehem recently, was attending the festival for the first time. 11: As part of the Celtic Classic's family activities, children decorated a ten-foot Styrofoam dragon for next year's St. Patrick's Parade of Shamrocks scheduled for March 16 in Bethlehem. Katie Wiley helps her children Kelly and Paul, decorate the Irish dragon. The Wiley family, who moved to Bethlehem recently, was attending the festival for the first time.
12: Wearing matching Scottish kilts, Christa Timko of Bethlehem takes a break to care for her twins Lyla and Violet during the Celtic Classic festival. 12: Wearing matching Scottish kilts, Christa Timko of Bethlehem takes a break to care for her twins Lyla and Violet during the Celtic Classic festival.
13: City of Bethlehem Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major James Ruhf of Bethlehem, marches through the Celtic Classic festival on its way to the Highland Field for a performance on the first night of the three-day 25th anniversary celebration. 13: City of Bethlehem Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major James Ruhf of Bethlehem, marches through the Celtic Classic festival on its way to the Highland Field for a performance on the first night of the three-day 25th anniversary celebration.

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