According to Michael Whitfield, president of Appalachian Celtic Connection, the added attraction of the Scottish Highland Games was such a hit last year that they will be brought back again this year.
“The Celtic band Highland Reign will headline the event again this year,” said Richard L. Ball, festival board member. Also scheduled is the Irish band Ballybeg from Athens, Ga., as well as a local bluegrass band. Other entertainment will include pipe bands, children’s games and a performance by 6String Sugga Daddy, a classic rock/country band.
The Highland Games will feature events like the caber toss, hammer throw, sheaf toss and more.
This is the third year that the Scottish Highland Games will be held in this area, and women can compete. Some female athletes will be travelling from as far away as Florida.
Christina Ball, vendor and Scottish clan tent coordinator, said she already has scheduled several vendors for the festival, selling wared such as celtic jewelry, celtic ironwork, medieval clothing, Appalachian pottery and woodcarving.
Food vendors will offer Scottish, Appalachian and American cuisine.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission each day is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under age six admitted free.
A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to a local charitable organization.
For more information, visit the festival’s website at appalaciancelticconnection.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.