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1997: For the first time, the High Desert Celtic Festival was held in Prineville

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - August 7, 1997:  Five-year-old Kimberly Wendell was very careful when it came time to pet 'Big Bird.' The parrot was one of a number of colorful animals at Monday's petting zoo.

110 years ago

August 8, 1912

Baker -- Four persons are believed to have perished seven miles west of Huntington, when a waterspout swept away the home of John Powell. Mrs. Powell and her three children, ranging from four to 11 years, are believed to have perished. The storm caused damage amounting to thousands of dollars.

75 years ago

August 7, 1947

A nearly complete school staff for Crook County, as of Wednesday and subject to the usual last-minute upsets, was announced today by Superintendent Cecil M. Sly. School will open Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Crook County in this year, and advance registration of pupils will start next week.

There is still an opening to be filled at the Howard School, Mr. Sly said, and while he has a complete list of teachers for the other schools in the county, there is always the probability that someone will be unable to appear on time and a last-minute change in assignments will have to be made.

50 years ago

August 3, 1972 Lyle Womack, 70, of 1390 Loper Ave., a well-known Prineville land developer, was severely injured Tuesday evening when he was kicked in the head by a burro.

He was taken to Prineville Memorial Hospital by ambulance and transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene at 11 a.m. Wednesday. He was reported "in poor condition." A neurological examination was scheduled in Eugene.

It was reported that Womack's burros, all very tame and friendly, were competing for his attention when he was kicked, and it was unintentional.

25 years ago

August 7, 1997

In the days of yore, the Celts battled the Romans and each other. But when they weren't ransacking and wielding spears, they occasionally gathered at a wealthy landowner's cottage and had a party.

Celt families from neighboring lands would bring fiddles, bagpipes and Irish drums and entertain each other while they merrily ate and drank through the evening and sometimes into the morning. The party was called a Ceili, sometimes spelled Ceilidh and pronounced "Kay-lee."

The High Desert Celtic Society, Inc. has been sharing their ancestral ways with Central Oregonians for the last eight years, and this year, for the first time, the High Desert Celtic Festival will be held in Prineville.

The festival will, of course, be more civilized than the Scottish, Irish and Welsh festivals of the 16th and 17th century. The event is a family function with Celtic food, games and entertainment.


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