Irish Soda Bread

Children's Highland Games

Caber Toss

Orange-Cranberry Scones

Children's Highland Games

 Hammer Toss

A variety of children's activities will be available at the Faire such as face painting, crafts, and games.   The Highland Games for children will also be held which include such events as the Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, Hammer Throw, Weight for Distance and the Haggis Hurl. 

Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire and Games is looking for Candidates to participate in the Wee Lass and Wee Lad pageant. Candidates must be in Kindergarten at the time of the Faire.  The Wee Lass and Lad will be chosen to represent the NESD Celtic Faire and Games throughout the year in the Aberdeen community.  The NESD Celtic Faire and Games Lass and Lad will be chosen September 16, 2017, at the Brown County Fair Grounds in the Expo Building at 3 pm.  Sponsorships are usually paid by sponsors (businesses, place of employment, or family members, etc.)   Click on the Entry Form Button below for further information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call  Virginia Newquist– 605-228-9907.

Do you enjoy baking?  Try your hand at baking soda bread or scones for our NESD Celtic Faire & Games Soda Bread & Scones Baking Contest.  Prizes are awarded in each category.  See contest details for more information to enter your creations!

Wee Lass Maria Martin & Wee Lad Alex Doering at 

the 2016 Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade.

Empty Mugs Fund Raising Project:  The Celtic Faire, Finnegan's, and Empty Bowls Aberdeen teamed up working together to stamp out hunger with a new event at the 2015 Celtic Faire -- "NESD's Empty Mugs Program.”  At the 2016 Faire, people who participated in this event gave a $20.00 donation, grabbed an original handmade stoneware mug with a cool Finnegan's beer (or soda) and got to keep the one-of-a-kind collectible mug! PROCEEDS BENEFITED LOCAL FOOD BANKS!  “Over $2,000 was raised in 2016 and another $2,300 in 2015 at these events.”  NESD Celtic Faire & Games will continue this community support project again in 2017.

soda Bread and Scones baking contest

empty mugs fund raising project

2017 Scones Baking Competition Rules and Information

To enter the scone competition, bring 12 freshly-baked scones in the category or categories of your choice – PLAIN or FREESTYLE.  Entries must be dropped off at the designated table at the festival entry between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

For one entry fee of $8, a contestant may submit an entry to one or both categories of the Scone competition as well as also entering one or more categories of the Soda Bread competition.  Payment of the Registration fee also gives access to the festival for one day for the entrant. 

The shape of the scones can be round cutouts, or triangles, or drop.  Judges will be checking scones for taste, texture, and freshness.

Prizes will be awarded to the top baker in each category.  Contestants do not need to be present to win.  Winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.


CATEGORIES

PLAIN:  This is a classic, sweet, white scone that may include sugar or honey, eggs, butter, vanilla in addition to flour, baking powder, salt, and milk.
FREESTYLE:  This is a scone that has any of the same ingredients as Plain with the addition of any kind of cheese or savory spices or fruit (i.e. raisins, apricots, etc.) or baking chips (i.e. chocolate chips, etc.) or any baking spices (i.e. cinnamon, etc.) or any other ingredients.


 PLEASE PROVIDE A LIST OF INGREDIENTS USED TO ASSIST JURIED JUDGING.


Please click on Entry Form Button below to print and complete Entry Form for Scones Baking Contest. 



Storytime with Pope Malarkey I

Children's Activity

Weaving

Wee lad & wee lass pageant

Pope Malarky I & Sister Shamrock with 2015 Wee Lad & Wee Lasses


L to R, Anya Borchard. Wee Lad Skyler Sitter, Wee Lass Sophie Grace Spah, & Kiya Kuiram

children's crafts and activities

Storytime with Pope Malarkey I

Children's Activity

Face Painting

Children's Highland Games

Caber Toss

Scones

Soda Bread Contest Rules


Eligibility: There are no age restrictions. Judges may not enter. Contest Committee members involved in any part of the registration, judging or voting process are not eligible.
Entry Deadline: Entries must be dropped off at the designated table at the festival gate between 8:30 am and 10:00 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017. No pre-registration is necessary.
Entry Form and Fee:  There is an $8 fee registration which entitles the contestant to enter one, two, or all three bread categories.
Each contestant may submit only one entry in each category.  Payment of the Registration fee also gives access to the festival for one day for the entrant.  Contestants do not need to be present to win. Contestants do not need to drop off their entry in person. However, they should have personally signed their entry form.


PLEASE PROVIDE A LIST OF INGREDIENTS USED TO ASSIST JURIED JUDGING.


Registration Process:
When contestants arrive, they will complete an entry form and place each loaf in a plain paper bag provided by the Festival. The bags will each be marked by Festival staff with the Entry Number. A committee member will deliver numbered loaves to the judging area.
Judging:
Juried Judging will take place privately beginning approximately 10:30 am on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
No contestants will be allowed in the Juried Judging Area.
Winner Announcements:
Winners do not need to be present to win. All winners will be announced in the afternoon on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Winners will also be notified by phone or mail (if not present). Winners will be announced to local media (though we have no control over publication).
Prizes:
Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category for the Juried Contest. First place winners in each category will receive $20 cash & a ribbon. Second & Third place will receive numbered ribbons.
Categories:
1. Traditional White Irish Soda Bread
Entries in this division contain these four ingredients:
Wheat flour (white flour)
Soured milk (or buttermilk)
Baking Soda (also called bread soda & sodium bicarbonate)
Salt
Do not use self-rising flour or baking powder. Bread that contains ingredients other than the four listed above should be entered in the glorified soda bread division.
2. Traditional Brown Irish Soda Bread
Entries in this division contain these four ingredients:
Whole wheat flour (no white flour allowed)
Soured milk (or buttermilk)
Baking soda (also called bread soda & sodium bicarbonate)
Salt
Do not use self-rising flour or baking powder. Bread that contains ingredients other than the four listed above should be entered in the glorified soda bread division.
3. Glorified Irish Soda Bread
Entries in this division are based on these ingredients:
Any kind of flour
Any source of acid (necessary to activate the leavener) for example, buttermilk or cream of tartar
Any chemical leavener (including baking soda, baking powder, or self-rising flour)
Salt
Other traditional ingredients that may include any of the following: wheat bran, sugar, Caraway Seeds, eggs, butter, raisins, currants, dried fruit, oatmeal, chocolate chips, mashed potatoes, goat’s milk, golden raisins soaked in Whiskey, green food coloring, etc. HOWEVER, do not “glorify” the bread so much that it becomes a cake! A cake is a sweet dessert made from a batter while bread is a food of leavened flour that is made from a dough. The judges should be able to recognize your entry as a loaf of bread and not a cake. Because this is a soda bread contest, no yeast-risen breads are allowed.


PLEASE PROVIDE A LIST OF INGREDIENTS USED TO ASSIST JURIED JUDGING.

​​​Please click on Entry Form Button below to print and complete Entry Form. for Soda Bread Baking Contest.