Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival Expands
by Barry Conway
The Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival will take place on June 26-27 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, OH. The festival will open Friday evening at 5p.m. and run until 10p.m. Saturday’s festival hours have bene extended to 8a.m. to 10 p.m.
A special discounted ticket of $10.00 includes the entertainment pavilion, featuring Heron Valley, Arise & Go and Father, Son & Friends; retail and food vendors; Ohio’s Strongest Celt Competition; Call of the Clans Torch Lighting Ceremony; access to the music workshop/session building; harp workshop; professional Bagpipe competition; axe throwing by Class Axe; archery, and access to the Ceilidh, featuring the New Barleycorn. The ticket price for the music and food at the Ceilidh is an additional $10.00.
Gates will open at 8a.m. for the Highland Games, featuring traditional highland athletic events such as the Caber Toss. New in 2020 is the haggis throw and keg toss, as well as the Ohio Stones of Strength Competition, which is open to all who’d like to enter. The Kilted Mile will take place at 10a.m., featuring men’s and woman’s divisions as well as an under 13 years old 100-yard-dash event.
Food & retail vendors, axe throwing and archery will be open all day, as will the children’s games, clan tents and British cars & motorcycle exhibit. The entertainment pavilion will open mid-day.
There will be piping, drumming, highland dance, pipe band, fiddle and harp competitions. The workshop/open session include bagpipe, snare drumming, tenor/bass drumming, highland dance and Drum Major. Open workshops in harp start at 9a.m.; fiddle starts at 10a.m., with an open session starting at 3p.m. As always, the massed pipes & drums featuring all competing pipe bands will be performing in the Grandstand area.
There is a $5 Saturday evening ticket for those who arrive after 5p.m.. While the competitions will have ended, the entertainment pavilion, retail, food vendors and access to open sessions are all available.
All proceeds to benefit the Ohio Scottish Arts School which will take place June 28-July 3 at Baldwin Wallace University. www.ohioscottishartsschool.com For info & schedules: www.ohioscottishgames.com