The Celtic community in Anchorage is vibrant and its zest for culture was on display at the annual Celtic Spring Festival over the weekend.

The festival took place at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center on Saturday. Crafts and workshops ran throughout the day as people of Irish and Scottish backgrounds came together to celebrate their heritage.

Classes covering topics from art to music lasted 50 minutes each throughout the day. Organizers say it's the group's way to broaden everyone's cultural horizons.

"What we want to do is kind of celebrate the Celtic community here in Anchorage, right," said Kevin Hall of the Celtic Community of Alaska, who served as an instructor and volunteer. "Give a showcase for the members of our community to show off their talents, to sell their wares, and then just to make a connection, because in our name is community and that's a big part of it." 

The festival originally began as an event for the Alaskan Scottish Club in the 1990s. Saturday's festival hosted people from all over the state, even from as far as Fairbanks.

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