Irish Dance Show Takes Top Billing in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice Awards

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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (June 22, 2018) – For years, Celtic Fyre® has held a special place in the hearts of Busch Gardens® Williamsburg guests with its fabulous music and energetic Irish dances.


Its reputation as one of the top shows in the amusement park industry was confirmed today when it was announced Celtic Fyre received the top vote in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award 2018 in the “Best Amusement Park Entertainment” category.


Celtic Fyre out performed an assortment of worthy challengers for the award, which was voted on by the general public. Award candidates are selected by a panel of experts.


“To simply be nominated for this award is fantastic, but winning this honor voted on by consumers is over the top and we couldn’t be more pleased to be the top choice for amusement park entertainment,” said Kevin Lembke, park president at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. “Celtic Fyre’s talented team deserves all the credit for making this a must-see spectacle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.”


Busch Gardens Williamsburg was also among the top vote-getters in the “Best Amusement Park” category, finishing seventh. Marco Polo's Marketplace finished second in the voting for "Best Theme Park Restaurant." Apollo’s Chariot® received the ninth most votes for “Best Roller Coaster,” and Water Country USA® was eighth in the “Outdoor Water Park” voting.


Celtic Fyre is performed daily throughout the summer in the Abbey Stone Theatre and features authentic Irish choreography, storytelling, singing, music and the magic of Irish dance. Guests will feel they are part of the culture of Ireland, as a storyteller invites them into his inn to witness how the Irish celebrate the many facets of everyday life.


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The best way to enjoy Celtic Fyre and other events all year long is through the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program.  Get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA®, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town™ for as little as $12 per month.  Plus, exclusive discounts and monthly Member Rewards valued at over $250. For more information, visit



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