St. Augustine, FL -Â Tests of skill and strength are measured during the Highland Games, a popular event that will be part of theÂ 6th AnnualÂ St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.
The St. Augustine Music & Heritage Festival takes place March 11-13 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The St. Augustine St. Patrickâ€™s Day parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, part of the fun-filled weekend. Whiskey tasting, live music and a variety of entertainment also are on the schedule.
Highland Games begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, with participants asked to arrive at 9 a.m. each day. There also is a Games Clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 11.
In addition, thereâ€™s a special event open to the general public! The Keg Carry will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Ages 21 and older are invited to sign up by noon. The person who carries an 87-pound keg the farthest distance in one minute will wine a free pony keg!
Originating in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th Century, Highland Games have long been a favorite spectacle, and theyâ€™re sure to be a major draw again at the 2016 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.
Youâ€™ll see some of the most impressive kilt-wearing athletes around challenge one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including the weight throw, the Scottish hammer throw, and the always entertaining caber toss.
The Scottish Highland Games are traced back to King of Scots Malcolm III, who summoned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger.
Over the centuries, Highland Games events have expanded to include entertainment and exhibits celebrating Scottish and Gaelic culture. Thousands of fans from throughout Florida,Â Georgia and the Carolinas turn out every year for the St. Augustine Celtic Festival Highland Games.
Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City
The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival is arguably the finest Celtic event in the Southeast U.S. The March 11-13 event in downtown St. Augustine features internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting on Friday evening (March 11), Highland games, Celtic shopping and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment.Â And theÂ ONLY St. Patrick’s Day ParadeÂ in Northeast Florida kicks things off downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12.
Festival tickets are available atÂ CelticStAugustine.com.Â Festival tickets may also be purchasedÂ atÂ Ann O’Malley’s, 23 Orange St., or atÂ Barley Republic Irish Pub, 48 Spanish St., downtown St. Augustine.
HIGHLAND GAMES SCHEDULE
Each dayâ€™s competition is new and has no bearing on the results for the next day. Awards will be presented at the close of each full day of competition.
CLASSES OF COMPETITION:
Masters Men Age 40-49 (SATURDAY)
Masters Men Age 50+ (SATURDAY)
Menâ€™s Class A (SATURDAY)
Menâ€™s Class B (SATURDAY)
Senior Masters Men Age 55+ (SUNDAY)
Lightweight Menâ€™s Open (SUNDAY)
Womenâ€™s Open (SUNDAY)
Novice Men (up to 3 Gamesâ€™ experience or never competed) (SUNDAY)
– Open Stone Put (16 lb. thrownÂ for distance in any style)
– Heavy Hammer Throw
– 56 lb. Weight for Distance
– 28 lb. Weight for Distance
– Caber Toss (size and weight of caberÂ differs between the classes of athletes)
– Sheaf Toss (16 lb. burlap bag tossed with a pitch fork for height)
– 56 lb. Weight for Height
If you have any questions, contact Bob Gourlay, Athletic Director atÂ Games@celticstaugustine.com.