A large part of Celtic life, then and now, has always included the Celtic canine serving as both companion and working animal; hunting vermin, the quintessential rather of the estate as well as the brave and mighty hunters of stag, boar, wolves, and deer. ​​It is only proper then, that with any Celtic celebration we remember and esteem those constant companions of yore. As a sample of the Celtic celebration, you will find among the breeds are the tiny and mighty Terrier group, the Collie group, the Setters, the Spaniels, the Retrievers, and the giant breeds encompassing the Danes, and the array of sight hounds culminating with the massive and stately Irish Wolfhounds.

​For the NESD Celtic Faire & Games, search and recruitment of these breeds is a year-round process and with the popularity of their uniqueness and presence, are represented at the NESD Celtic Faire & Games and in other community events and parades.

​At the NESD Faire & Games, their appearance begins with a Celtic Canine Parade on Saturday in which their proud handlers showcase each breed to the audience while the Master of Ceremonies educates the crowd on each canine's geographic origin, year of origin, original estate use and their modern day role as a canine, physical appearance, temperaments, and trainability. Following the Parade and Show, the public is invited to visit the canines with their owners/handlers at the public "Pat & Chat," a popular opportunity to get up close and personal with these special dogs. This is a great opportunity to make a new, best fur friend of the Celtic past, present and future!

​If you have a Celtic breed dog you would like to enter in the Parade of Celtic Pets, please contact Patsy Brosz at 226-3835. All dogs entered in the Parade must be leash trained, well behaved and current on vaccinations. NESD Celtic Faire will not be held responsible for a dog's behavior while participating in this event.


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Tim Naasz, from Platte, SD, will provide sheep herding demonstrations at the Faire. He brings his 14 year-old border collie to provide entertainment and education regarding his award-winning working dog Ryn. The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the English-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. Tim will hold his demonstrations in the Pete Carmichael Arena in the Expo Addition Building.




4fca19af799754df51b1c11758df98cfThe Miniature Southdown Sheep is a rare breed that originated on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England, and it is one of the oldest known purebred breeds in the world. Partly because of their extreme hardiness, Southdown Sheep were imported into the United States in the early 1800's, where they were crossbred with domestic sheep to produce a larger animal. Unlike other breeds, Babydolls don't generally bother trees and shrubs, so they make wonderful "lawnmowers". Because of their short legs and little bodies, they are perfect for small areas. They make great companions for other livestock like goats and horses, and have even been used in therapy programs because of their mild and sweet personalities. They are ideal animals for children, the handicapped, and older folks who can no longer deal with larger breeds, but don't want to stop raising sheep. Due to their gentleness and small size, they make excellent 4-H projects and companion animals for adults and children. Neither the males nor females have horns. Having been bred for many years to live in small areas, they do not require a large pasture, and they are not prone to wander or bother fences.

9b871952f0262327dd98c72b71248b50Leprechaun Pony Come to the NESD Celtic Faire & Games to meet the one and only, Leprechaun Pony! He even gets his toenails painted green to get into character for the festivities! This little guy is very popular with children!


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