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Celtic Country Faire to benefit Southern STARRS

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 30 and plan to attend the first ever Celtic Country Faire at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon to benefit Southern STARRS.

The event will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature Celtic music from nationally known Coyote Run Celtic Band, the Scottish Bagpiper and Drum Corp, The Secret Commonwealth, the Nashville Irish Stepdancers and local performers.

Also planned for the day are vendor booths, carriage rides, a silent auction, a Fairest Baby Contest, a Chili Cook-Off and more.

Admission is $15 and children under 12 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the event will benefit Southern STARRS, or Special Therapeutic And Recreational Riding Students. The program is a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children and adults and does so without charging any fees for participants.

The economy has affected many non-profit organizations, said Kaysie Young, assistant director, but she said officials hope everyone attends. “The event will help Southern STARRS remain a no-fee program,” she noted.

Local businesses are helping with the Celtic Country Faire. Painturo’s Pizza and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. have donated door prizes and silent auction items, Wilson Bank & Trust is providing a $100 Savings Bond and coin collection for the Fairest Baby Contest, and A Precious Moment Photography will provide a free photo session for Fairest Baby Contest winner. Tubb Printing in Mt. Juliet is providing fliers, posters and tickets for the event.

Young noted that Carol Knight is assisting with the Chili Cook-Off, an event sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International, or CASI. Knight also heads up the Chili Cook-Off each year for the Wilson County Fair.

The event will follow sanctioned rules and chili must be cooked on site.

Students from Volunteer State Community College are also contributing. Young said the Graphic Arts students at Vol State, led by Associate Professor Claire Hampton, have provided their expertise, and student/artist Ray Solorio designed the logo.

Booth spaces for vendors are limited and are available first come, first serve.

Other plans are still being finalized and entertainment schedules set. Visit for more information.

Also, if you have questions about participating or need information about booth spaces, contact Young at 443-1717 or email or call Saranne Winfield, executive director of Southern STARRS, at 453-2592 or at (615) 668-6546.  

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