Tartan Day South holding events in 4 different Midlands cities, March 22-25

Tartan Day South

The River Alliance’s eighth annual Tartan Day South Celtic Festival is set for March 22-25.

The festival will have four different events, each being held in a different Midlands city. This year’s newest attraction will be “Osceola,” a rescued Bald Eagle that will be on display at two of the events in Cayce and Lexington. All funds from the event will go to the River Alliance.

The organization works to increase accessibility to the rivers in the Columbia area.

Tartan Day South begins with the opening night party March 22nd at The British Bulldog Pub in Columbia. Friday the festival moves to the Lexington Icehouse Amphitheater on Main Street with live music and exhibitions. The main event will be Saturday, March 24, at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.

The highlight of the Cayce event is Highland Games that date back over 1000 years in Scotland. In addition to the games, there will be other attractions from Sheep Dog herding and a Classic British Car Show, to a Celtic Marketplace and a Quidditch tournament. The festival ends at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater on Sunday with the annual Kirkin’ of the Tartans (church service.)


Festival Coordinator John Banks said he wants to make sure people of all ages enjoy the festival. The new Bald Eagle attraction is a feature that brings something different to the events this year.

“There is a little something for every member of the family,” Banks said. “We want to make sure there is always something new to see at the Tartan Day South.”

Osceola the Eagle was found in a field in Arkansas by two rabbit hunters in 1983, unable to fly. When the bird was rescued, he lost a wing in the process. He has now since been able to fly in a different way, after his handler worked with federal agencies and allowed him to take flight on hang gliding trips. Osceola has been used to help educate over half a million people on the wonder of Bald Eagles. Festival attendants will be able to get “up close and personal” with the Eagle at Celtic Commotion on March 23rd and the main event Saturday March 24th.
Additional information and ticket sales are accessible at the event’s website: tartandaysouth.com 

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