Silent auction set for Celtic Country Faire

By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson PostYou just might find that perfect Christmas gift seven months early during the Silent Auction offered on Saturday, May 22 during the second annual Celtic Country Faire which benefits Southern STARRS.You name it, and you can probably find it at the auction, said Shari Prestanski who is heading up the Silent Auction for Southern STARRS. How about a certificate for a rocker signed by country music’s Alan Jackson or a jacket autographed by Brooks and Dunn that also comes with an autographed photo and CD of the duo?There is also an autographed harmonica, dress shirt and photo from Clint Black and two tickets to the Grand Ole Opry and dinner at Cracker Barrel.You’ll find a piece of pottery from Silver Ridge Pottery and a six-month gym membership with six months free tanning from Anytime Fitness of Lebanon. There are three number prints by Linda Nelson Stocks donated by the family of Adam Brooks, one of the students at STARRS.There will be a queen-size quilt from Cracker Barrel. You can wrap up in it after finishing a big plate of chicken and dumplings from the Lebanon-based restaurant.And there are various pieces of jewelry and many other items.The Celtic Country Faire is from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. There will be something for everyone at the event including entertainment from Celtic bands Coyote Run and Albannach which is on tour in the U.S. from Scotland. You can learn more about both bands, and give a listen to them as well, at and at Also set to perform is the Alabama Pipe and Drum Corp. Albannach and Coyote Run will perform three times throughout the day beginning at approximately 1:30, 3:30 and 6 p.m. The Pipe and Drum Corps will perform periodically throughout the afternoon.Other events to be held at the Celtic Country Faire include a 5K Run, a Chili Cook-off, Fairest Baby Contest and more.Children will have plenty to do with pony rides and inflatables. And there will be a number of vendors on hand, as well.Come hungry as there will be Scottish foods from RoseCrag, hotdogs, nachos and popcorn, Papa John’s Pizza. Southern STARRS will have a booth selling drinks and pastries. There will also be a frappé coffee booth (cold coffee drinks).Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students with an ID and free for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Southern STARRS, a no-fee therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children and adults. It is one of the few such programs in the U.S. that does not charge its students to ride. Southern STARRS is located at 4050 Cairo Bend Road, Lebanon. For more information, call 453-2592 or visit online at Jennifer Horton may be contacted at