ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – A new tradition began at Roanoke Catholic School on Saturday afternoon. Roanoke’s Catholic and community partners came together for the first annual “Celtic Fest on the Hill.”
In previous years, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Roanoke Catholic hosted the “Shamrock Hill Run,” which went virtual in 2021. In 2022, they saw an opportunity to celebrate with the Roanoke community from another manner.
‘Celtic Fest on the Hill’ got off to a quick start as residents of all ages took advantage of the free event.
“We have a lot of excitement beyond the reach of Roanoke Catholic, which is exactly what we want. It’s about Roanoke and St. Patrick’s Day and being part of the community,” said Stephanie Oliver, director of marketing and media relations at Roanoke Catholic School.
Weather forced the event inside the school, but in the future, Roanoke Catholic plans to have it outside in “The Mall” area of campus.
Below is the full press release from the event:
“The Roanoke Catholic School Celtics are hosting the first ever Celtic Fest on the Hill at their downtown campus following the downtown Roanoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.
The Celtics want to share their excitement for St. Patrick’s Day and invite all parade-goers in Roanoke and surrounding areas to this free, family-friendly event on their campus affectionately named “The Hill”.
Pipers and two additional professional bands will play on the indoor stage from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the enjoyment of parade-goers. The first being a local band from Celtic Jam Session. The Henry Downing Band will perform later in the afternoon.
There will be a local Craft Beer Garden c/o Blue Ridge Beverage and sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Additionally, the two increasingly popular Salty’s Lobster Co Food Trucks will be serving a fun twist on “Fish ‘n Chips” in addition to having their Wicked Lemon Hydraulic Press and Multicolored Lemonade for sale.
Finally, there will be two huge inflatables for the kids in the Gillespie Family Gym now that the event has moved from the outdoor Hilltop mall to indoors, due to weather conditions. The RCS campus offers an ideal logistical option to move the event from outdoors to indoors. Despite many plans being changed due to the weather forecast for this Saturday, Celtic Fest on the Hill will continue indoors as well as planned for the outdoors, and parade goers are welcome to come and enjoy the Celtic festivities outside. inside and out of the elements. .
The Shamrock Hill Run was forced to go virtual in 2021 and has not been brought back this year for 2022. Celtic Fest on the Hill is a new tradition beginning for the Roanoke community. We want to share our conducive downtown venue with people who will also be coming downtown for the parade and hosting a Celtic celebration in a family friendly way with something for everyone.
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