Clans & Societies

Greetings Celtic Clans and Societies!

Our Society is pleased to invite you to participate in the 17th Annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival (former Frederick Celtic Festival).

The festival will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00am until 6:00pm at the Mount Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds, located at 1003 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy, MD, 21771.

Support Our Designated Charity-Platoon 22: Please think about supporting Platoon 22, whose mission is to prevent veteran suicide, with a donation via the festival with your registration.

Directions: The Mt. Airy Fire Dept. Fairgrounds are just off Interstate 270. Exit at route 27 north and proceed about a mile then make a right turn on Twin Arch Road followed by an almost immediate right turn into the fairgrounds.

Parking: There is designated on-site parking for one vehicle per clan. You will receive one parking pass to display in your windscreen. There is additional close-by parking available for other Clansmen. There are a limited number of Handicapped spaces available so please note that on your registration form if needed.

 Setup:  You may set up on Friday, May 12th between 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday from 6:00 am – 8:30 am. On festival day all vehicles must be off the grounds by 8:30am. No exceptions.

Festival Information Package: You will receive your festival information package (e.g., general information, festival map, wristbands, etc.) upon your arrival on the festival grounds. There will be a check-in area for all Clans to be sure you have everything you need and to get you to your location

Activities for Clans and Societies:

Parade of the Clans and Societies:  Show off your Clan or Society tartan and banners in the Open Ceremony Parade and shout your motto or ‘war cry’ as you pass the announcer—even Clan Woof-Woof joins in to march onto the field for the Opening Ceremony. Clans will march on, circle the field, and march off. More details later.

Best Clan Tent: Each year the Best Clan tent is selected and the Clan receives a most coveted prize. Will your Clan tent be the Best?

Entertainment: The festival will again feature four stages of music and dance. The Guinness Main Pub Stage features The American Rogues, Kilmaine Saints, and Dublin 5!   Watch the website for more band updates.

2nd Annual Shortbread Competition: This was great fun last year so you will not want to miss it this year.  Prizes and bragging rights! See our website for more information.

Sponsor an Athletic Trophy or Division Award: This year we have two ways to recognize our athletes who are the heart and soul of the Highland Games.  Clans can sponsor a trophy ($50) or a Division ($100).

NEW-Children’s Activity: The wee ones will be out searching so be sure to have your Clan stamp ready to stamp their paper!

NEW- Festival Square: An open space for performances and other activities!

Lodging: Our Host Hotel is the Clarion Inn located at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, MD, and is where our entertainers and athletes will be staying.  There are many other hotels nearby, please see our website:

Friday Night Open House: Join us for an informal ceilidh-like get-together featuring food, drink, and live music by The American Rogues, and dancing on Friday night from 6pm – 8pm at the VIP Hall on the festival grounds. You must RSVP via the registration form as we must have an accurate count for the reception in advance.

Dogs: Your furry friends are permitted if they are on a leash, well behaved, and have tags validating they have had the required shots.  Remember you must clean up after them. Doggie ‘poop’ bags are available.

We look forward to greeting you at the festival.

Yours Aye and le gach deagh dhurachd,

Charles R. MacFarland

Downloadable PDF of this information: 2017 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival Clan Letter 3 Feb 2017

Celtic heritage and traditions are passed from generation to generation, in almost every country around the world. This is due in large part to the efforts of Scottish Clan Organizations, as well as Irish and Welsh societies. We are looking forward to the numerous Clans that are willing and able to help you learn about your family history.


2016’s Honored Clan:

Clan Cameron

Since the late nineteenth century the Clan Cameron Association has been the
modern-day representation of the Clan Cameron. Dedicated to
the preservation and promotion of our collective heritage, and
fully supported by our Hereditary Chief, Donald Cameron of
Lochiel, XXVII of Lochiel, thousands of individuals and families
worldwide are proud members. Many continue the tradition
their ancestors began, and are multi-generational members. 

Is your family part of Clan Cameron? Check here:

2017’s Participating Clans:

Clan Bell    Cameron_mod Clan Cameron

  Clan Campbell Society     Cumming-Modern-8oz-wool-tartan-swatch_lg   Clan Cumming USA

Donald-BA064T  Clan Donald  donnaClan Donnachaidh                

Clan Elliot Society      0337k5FergusonofAtholClan Fergusson Society

gordonHouse of Gordon   Clan Grant

  gregor Clan Gregor

 Hannay tartan Clan Hannay     Hay_Clan_Tartan_WR1555  Clan Hay

henderson  Clan Henderson Clan Irwin

  Clan Keith    Kerr-Ancient-8oz-wool-tartan-swatch_lg Kerr Family Association

 Clan Leask

macdougall Clan MacDougall    Clan MacFarlane Worldwide

Macleanduartred.26482819_std Clan MacLean

MacPherson__Reproduction_Colours_Pure_New_Wool_15Clan MacPherson        mackay20tartanClan MacKay

Clan MacKenzie/Virginia Academy of FencingLogo image

maclar Clan MacLaren Society           MacKintosh_tartan_(Vestiarium_Scoticum)  Clan Mackintosh

 montgomery Clan Montgomery

      Clan Scott     clanshawtartan Clan Shaw Society               

  Clan Sinclair     Wallace_tartan_(Vestiarium_Scoticum)Clan Wallace Society- Worldwide 

297486_275557175809096_243857983_n Welsh Society

2017’s Participating Societies

standrewsbaltSaint Andrews Society of Baltimore


Society for Creative Anachronism

    Knights of St. Andrew

SAMS BADGE Scottish-American Military Society

Gaelic School of Baltimore

1000px-AOH_Logo_2001.svgAncient Order of Hibernians

Principality of the Asturias flagAsturias Celtic Society

Virginia Scottish Games Association

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival


Garrett County Celtic Festival


Previous Honored Clans

2003 Clan Barclay/Barkley 2004 Clan Young  youngfamily

2005 Clan CameronCameron_mod 2006 Clan Gordon gordon

2007 Clan Lindsay The Modern Lindsay tartan 2008 Clan MacLeod macleod2

2009 Clan MacDougall macdougall_clan_tartan 2010 Clan Wallace Wallace_tartan_(Vestiarium_Scoticum)

2012 Clan Wallace* Wallace_tartan_(Vestiarium_Scoticum)  2013 Clan Donnachaidh donna

2014 Clan MacKenzie 2015 Clan Menzies MenziesHuntingMHW1644

Best Clan Tent

2016  Clan MenziesMenziesHuntingMHW1644

2015  House of Gordon gordon

2012 O’Brien 2225o_brien_name_


g*Wallace repeated due to inclement weather in 2010

Please contact the Festival Committee or see the Clan /Society  registration form  if you would like to represent your Clan or Society at the 2015 Celtic Festival.