I had the honor yesterday of serving as the host for this year’s 20th annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration at the Wheeling Artisan Center, so I wanted to offer some of the the sights involved with a day that saw more than 1000 fans roll in and out of the Friendly City’s first festival of 2016.
A grand total of 10 local and regional bands and performers took to the stage during the 12-hour event, and for the 16th consecutive year it was Chris Villamagna from the Wheeling National Heritage Area who arranged most of everything involved.
More than 10 vendors were on hand, the crew from River City Restaurant provided the authentic Celtic foods, and many kids enjoyed not only the live entertainment but also the children’s activities area on the second floor.
“It was really a great day to celebrate the Celtic culture, and judging by the crowd, it’s something that is really important in this area,” Villamanga said. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s a long day, but when you see so many people of all ages having so much fun, it really does make it all worth it.”
Following is a series of photos from each act that took to the Celtic Celebration stage and of the atmosphere that surrounded the annual event.