Shadow Bay Festival Expands to Include Norse Heritage

April 2024
Written By: 
Angela Robertson
Photographs by: 
courtesy of Fave Gombkas

Annual Mythical & Medieval-themed event changes name to Celtic Festival - Shadow Bay, keeps mission to help children in need

It’s spring, and that means celebrating, having an amazing time outdoors, and supporting a wonderful cause, at the newly named Celtic Festival - Shadow Bay event.

As always, it’s hosted by Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams, a nonprofit that specializes in organizing events and activities for abandoned, abused, and neglected children who live in shelters and group homes throughout Horry County. 

The Mythical & Medieval-themed festival has been such a hit, the organizers behind the annual Shadow Bay fundraiser decided to branch out a bit. This year’s event celebrates both Celtic and Norse traditions, adding even more thrills with challenging and awe-inspiring Highland Games, according to Shellie Rabon, founder of the nonprofit.

A Maypole dance, live Celtic music, Viking encampments, a bonfire, workshops with some of the vendors sharing their wisdom about different subjects, a fairy forest, blacksmith demonstrations, an artisan area, a hand-fasting ceremony and much more are on tap.

Also on hand will be food vendors, along with thematic and non-thematic arts and crafts.

“There will be Highland Games athletes on our main field holding a tournament that features the Cameron Toss, Sheaf Toss, Hammer Toss and other games,” she notes, in both men’s and women’s divisions.

Tickets are $12 for adults; kids 4-11, $6.

Celtic Festival - Shadow Bay 2024
Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
RH Acres
3833 Socastee Blvd.
(843) 360-9052