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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
You don't necessarily need to book an airplane ticket to Scotland this year. For the fifth year in a row, the annual Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival will give you all the culture you need -- and maybe even have you dancing on tables.
"It's a fun festival that allows you to hear different celtic music from local artists, and remember, you can bring your own flask to try the different scotch," said David Stroud, organizer of the festival.
The Kern County Scottish Society, a nonprofit organization, was formed to promote the rich Scottish heritage and cultural traditions in Kern County, Stroud said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
There will be pipers from Tehachapi, a Scotch Tasting, food, ice cream and more at the CSUB Amphitheater this Friday and Saturday.
"The music is uplifting and it's fun to listen to people who care for this music and keep it going," simulcast host Scott Cox said.
What to bring: comfortable chairs or your favorite blanket and/or small umbrella. No picnic baskets, outside coolers, outside food or drinks are allowed on the festival grounds.
You can purchase tickets online at kernscot.org, call 1-888-825-5484 or buy them at the door. From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, tickets are $10, or $30 if you want to include Scotch Tasting.
From 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, tickets are $15 for adults, children under 10 go in free. Tickets for students with IDs, military and seniors are $12. Or you can purchase the two-day festival pass for $20.