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Celtic Faire rocks Shute Park

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The second annual Celtic Faire kicked into high gear on Saturday. The event was previously held in Sherwood as a fundraiser for a Celtic womens group, but spun off this year to form its own identity.More than 1,000 people are believed to have stopped by Shute Park over the weekend for a local celebration of Irish culture.

The second annual Celtic Faire PDX, a combination renaissance fair and Portland Highland Games, was held Saturday, Sept. 24.

“It was wild,” said event organizer Rebekah Sharpe. “The response from the community was overwhelming. We were shocked.”

The event was first held in Sherwood, but moved to Hillsboro this year — and Sharpe said she’s already planning for next year’s celebration at the park.

“We thought, ‘Let’s take this in a different direction,’” Sharpe said. “We encourage people to dress up, bring the kids down. We don’t have a rhyme or reason, we just want everyone to be a part of this crazy Portland community.”

Sharpe has attended renaissance fairs and other events around the Portland area for years, and said the Hillsboro event is aimed at making people feel at home.

“This is a community that we love to be with,” she said. “There is a need for this type of thing where people can come and be themselves. Nobody looks at you funny or judges you. The singers, actors and people from all over come to create this weird, neat little community … This is an art town, and we love to see the unique costuming, listen to the singers and bands and performers.

"There’s something so unique about the crowd that comes out. You can come out and be whatever is normal for you. This is your tribe, these are your people. There’s something for everyone.”

By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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