14th annual Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival held on Saturday afternoon

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP)- Beginning in 2005 as the Belpre Tartan Day festival, the annual celebration has grown tremendously over the years.

Now known as the Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival, vendors, literature, and entertainment headline the 14th annual festival.

Organizers say that they enjoy helping people discover their heritage, especially those who did not know they had Scottish or Celtic roots.

“There’s a very large Scotts-Irish contingent here in the Parkersburg area and I’m constantly amazed how many folks come over and don’t even know…and that’s part of the reason I keep doing this, because it’s so exciting to show kids they’re Tartan or let them hear the bagpipes for the first time. A lot of folks will never get to travel over there so this gives them a little taste of their homeland,” notes Pan Brust, the festival founder.

The event concluded at 5:00 P.M. Saturday evening and was held at Parkersburg City Park.