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  USA Raft 4th Annual Tartan Day Festival Kicks off with a Ceilidh -
                               Contra Dance
Jonesborough, TN: The 4th Annual USA Raft Tartan Day Festival kicks off Friday, April 9, 2010 with a special
Scottish Ceilidh - Contra Dance featuring music by Sigean, one of the finest Celtic bands in the region. Ceilidh
(pronounced Kaley) is Gaelic for informal get together of music, dance, and song. Cost for the dance is $8.00
and will begin at 7:00 pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Great door prizes
will be given away Friday night and at the free festival on Saturday. For more information call 423.753.4562 or
become a fan on facebook – Tartan Days Festival. Tartan is the material used in Kilts and identifies one of the
over three hundred Clans or Families. Show your Celtic pride by wearing your Kilt or Tartan in sashes, scarves
or skirts during the festival and receive discounts at participating downtown businesses.

The 4th annual Tartan Day Festival is a free event and starts Saturday, April 10th at 10:00 AM with a parade
down Historic Main Street to the Presbyterian Church for a Kirk’ N’ of the Tartans or blessing. Then the music
starts with the ETSU Celtic Band, sheep herding by Steven McCall and his world champion border collies,
Celtic story telling by Joseph Sobol, face painting, kid’s games sponsored by the US Army, more Celtic music
by Joseph Sobol and Friends, and last but not least, the famous Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Also there will be
Highland Cows, arts and crafts and plenty of food. All during the Festival will be Bagpipes by the Jericho
Highlanders. T-shirts and prints will be on sale with art work from renowned artist William Bledsoe.

National Tartan Day is on April 6th every year and was set aside in 1998 by the US Congress as day to
celebrate contributions made by those as of Scottish decent like Neil Armstrong, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander
Graham Bell, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone and Sir Sean Connery. April 6th is used as it was April 6, 1320
that Scotland declared its independence from England. This wonderful celebration of Celtic heritage is made
possible by USA Raft, WJHL 11 Connects, Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, Town of Jonesborough, and
Edward Jones Investments/ Steve Hendrickson.

Contact: Richie Hayward 423 753-4562 or Angus Walton 423 913-2433

				
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