MAYVILLE - The Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival, entering its eighth year of existence, will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in Lakeside Park, Route 394, Mayville.
The festival evolved in 2006 with four pipe bands, four Clans, two Celtic Music Duos, Celtic dancers, eight vendors, including food vendors and demonstration of the Scottish Heavy Games and 600 to 800 spectators.
In 2012, there were nine pipe bands, nine Celtic music groups playing on three different stages, 16 Clans, Celtic dancers, 30 Celtic retail and food vendors, and 20 Scottish Heavy Athletes and 3,500 spectators.
Organizers plan to keep the festival at its current size for at least two more years before thinking of adding more to the venue. The August festival will showcase close to 20 Clans from all over Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York and a few from Canada. The Heavy Highland Games are drawing at least 30 competitors who will compete in nine different Scottish Heavy events, including the hammer throw, weight toss for distance and height, and sheaf toss for height.
Braidy Miller from Mississippi, the 2012 world champion in the 40-44 class and current world record holder, is participating in the sheaf toss.
He will attempt to break the world record for the hammer throw of 134'-9.5 inches set by the world famous Scot Alitstar Gunn.
Also participating in this years event are Sean Green, ranked fifth, and Tim Mullally, ranked eighth, in the 40-44 class; John Katalinas, ranked sixth, Frank Klimjack, ranked eighth, and Lou Ianone, ranked ninth, all in the 45-49 class. Also attending is Bob Vail, who was second in the world in 2011. Top-ranked amateur Nick Kahanic, the Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival's returning champion, will try to break the open and breamar stone throw record.
Anyone attending the festival is invited to bring their your lawn chair to watch the Heavy Scottish Games or listen to the pipe bands circle up for their concerts throughout the day.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and free for children ages 13 and under. There is free parking with free shuttle bus service from the festival to parking lots. Additionally there is handicap accessible parking, with a six passenger golf cart shuttling patrons from handicap parking lot.
For more information, visit www.96thhighlanders.com/festival.html or call 814-323-7360.