Category 2019 Festival

Demonstrations Schedule

Look for amazing Demonstrations throughout the day in The Marketplace!

These Demonstrations will be conducted right in the Vendor’s booth space in The Marketplace.

 

 

 

 

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2020 Listing of Highland Gamers

Highland Heavy Athletes

Athletic Director:  Christian Donovan

With over 60 competitors,  we are the largest heavy games in the state. We are proud to have such an awesome mix of men and women throwing this year:

 

2020 Listing of Highling Gamers

Come on out and cheer on your favorite Gamer…. or family member…. or neighbor… or whoever!

*******REGISTRATION IS CAPPED AT 60  GAMERS*********
Wait list will be started after that.

2020 Finger Lakes Gamers

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The Marketplace

Our 2020 Marketplace will have a wide assortment of Non-Food and Food Vendors for your shopping and eating pleasure this year.   Yes, there is also be a nice variety of Adult Beverages to be enjoyed too!

2020  Vendors List   – Coming Soon!

 

 

 

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Entertainment

We strive to bring you a full range of acts from traditional to Celtic rock, Irish and Scottish dance, and other family friendly entertainment all day. We are thankful and very proud to have shared our stages with so many talented artists over the years.   We look forward to having another Enjoyable Day of Music and Dance to share with you.

 Main Stage:                                 Hosted by Patrick Boswell

9:25 AM                                           

10:20 AM                                        

11:15  AM                                       

12:00 Noon                                     Opening Ceremonies on                                                               The Parade Field

12:45 PM                                          

1:45 PM                                      

2:15 PM                                      

4:00 PM                                       

5:45 PM                                       Awards

6:00 PM                                       

 

Food Court Stage:    Hosted By:  Rich Oster

9:30 AM                                 

11:00 AM                               

11:30  AM                               

12:00 Noon                            Opening Ceremonies on 

                                                The Parade Field

1:00 PM                                 

2:00 PM                                  

3:00 PM                                  

4:30 PM                                  

 

 

 

Bands and Entertainers who have appeared at FLCG&F previously:

Andrew Duncan, Piper

Andy Allan

Callanach

Catch and Release

Celtic Moon

Clan Tankerous

Dady Brothers

Doolin’ O’Dey

Dungarees

Dunleavey Dance

Elyse Roy

Everheart

Fiddler’s Wage

Goodwin Dance

Half-Cut Sham

Irish Set Dancers

Jayne & Bram Pomplas

Johnathan Blades Magic

Kindred

KrittrKris & Feathered Friends

Magical John

Mary Lester (Harp)

McCarthyizm

Merry Mischief

Morgan Eagle Falconry

Peg Dolan

Rochester Irish Musician Association- Comhaltas Ceoltorii Eireann

Rochester Strathsprey and Reel Society

Sarah Foote

Seis

Shades of Green

Shannonside Ceili Dancers

Sisters of Murphy

Step in Time

Tim Burley

Technicolor Trailer Park

Tom Keefer

Tutoo O’Riley

Will Kradiak

Wingin’ It

 

 

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2020 Festival Info

2020 Festival is Cancelled!  

See you May 15, 2021!!!

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM FINGER LAKES CELTIC SOCIETY

 

Have we got a good time planned for you this year!

Here is this year’s Festival Grounds Map so that you can find all these places easier!

Step inside and check out:

The Highland Games Section complete with information about what the 9 different competition categories are, as well as a listing  of  the different levels of competition and who our Gamers will be this year.

The Bag Pipe Bands Section will have the list of Bands who will be joining us this year, as well as some history on Bag Pipe Bands and how their competition works.  Don’t miss out on Our Massed Bands at 12 Noon on The Parade Grounds

The Clans and Societies Section will offer you entrance into our Clan Village, as well as some history of The Scottish Clans and The Tartan.   Stop in and say hello!

The Entertainment Section will provide the listing and schedule of performances by our wonderful Musicians, Singers, and Dancers, as well as where and when to find the various Demonstrations and Exhibitions that are on-going during the day.

The Marketplace Section will serve to offer this year’s listing of our Non-Food and Food Vendors for your Shopping and Eating pleasure.  Lots of wonderful Sparklies and Yummy food items for all!

Our new Education Tent has some Special Offerings this year!   Come and see what you can learn about the Celtic Heritage.

Special Offerings of Demonstrations & Exhibitions are also New this year.  Come to Vendors Row for a selection of Amazing Demonstrations throughout the day, and also watch The Parade Grounds for some cool Exhibitions.

And of course, don’t forget about The May Pole Dance and Weaving on the Main Stage Side of The Puddle!

Last but not least, here’s some interesting bits we thought you might like:

A History of Scottish Kilts                                                  

 Pipe Bands and Their Competitions

Scottish Recipes                                                                               

The Clans of Scotland

The History of The Scottish Games                                           

S.A.M.S. Press Release: Flag Retirement Ceremony

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Volunteering

VOLUNTEERING

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s event, we have lots of jobs that will need doing!  And we are always very thankful for whatever you are able to do to help.

Please send an email including your contact information, i.e., Name, Address, Phone Number, and email address, to flceltic@yahoo.com.

Our meeting dates for this year are:

March 3, 2019

April 7, 2019

May 5, 2019

May 17, 2019                  Early Set-Up Day

May 18, 2019                  Event Day!

Meetings are held at our Festival Site, 4925 Collett Road, Shortsville, NY, and start at 4 pm.

If you want to volunteer, but are unable to attend these meetings, please let us know, and we will get you added to the “Minions” List!

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Bag Pipe Bands

We host a Parade Style competition, with bands from around Northeastern US and Canada, coming to compete for cash prizes.   

Our Opening Ceremony boasts the largest mass bands in the region. Watch them parade, maneuver, and play in unison! No matter how many times you see this, it never grows old, 100+ pipers will send a chill up your spine.

Look for the Massed Bands during the Opening Ceremonies at 12:00 Noon. Plus every band plays Individually twice more throughout the day inj the Pipe Performance Area.  So you get the pleasure (some call it the drone of cats being stepped on) of pipe bands playing from 9:30 in the morning till 6:0 in the evening!  Such a Glorious Noise!

 Watch Here For Updates!

The 2020 List of Pipe Bands and the times they will be playing in competition in the Circle in The Clan Village:

                                                10:00   AM          2:00   PM

                                                 10:20   AM           2:20  PM

                                               10:40   AM           2:40  PM

                                               11:00    AM           3:00  PM

                                                 1:00      AM          3:20   PM

                                                 1:20    AM            3:40   PM

                                                 1:40      AM          4:00   PM

 

And of course, don’t miss the Massed Bands performance at 12 Noon on the Parade Grounds!

Now here’s some Reference Information about Pipe Bands and the Performance Competition that you might not know!

  

 

PIPE BANDS who have joined us over the years, and blessed us with their Glorious Noise.

Buffalo Caledonian Pipe Band

City of Thorold Pipe Band

Feadan Or Pipe Band

Gordan Highlanders

LBS Highlanders Pipe and Drums

MacKenzie Highlanders

Rochester Scottish Pipe Band

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Highland Games

The first record of these games was in the 12th Century A.D. in the Irish Book of Leinster. However, we know they go back much further, and may be the oldest continuing athletic games in the world. Early games were part of ceremonies,fairs, feasts and funerals. The roots of these games were developed to test agility and strength. The items used today have evolved from things available to the earliest Scotsman.

There are 9 events in the Heavy games:

Caber Toss:
This is the Signature, most identifiable and dramatic event in the games. The Caber is straight log, similar to a telephone pole. It varies in length (16’-22’) and weight (90# to 210#) depending on event and class. The object is to lift, balance, run, and toss or flip it end over end so that it lands and then falls at a perfect “12 O’clock” position in front of the Athlete. Caber is Gaelic for “Tree”!


Heavy and Light Weight for Distance:
A block, weighing 56#/28#, attached to a ring and chain, is thrown 3 times only the longest throw counts! The weights for these events are measured in “Stones”, 1 Stone = 14 pounds!

Braemar Toss:
Braemar stone is 20#-28# and is thrown from a standing ppsition. with the feet remaining planted.


The Clachneart Toss:
Also known as the “Open Stone”, the Clachneart,  is a 16# smooth, round river stone. It is thrown with a spin like the modern Shotput.

Hammer Toss, Heavy and Light:
Feet must remain planted while seeing who can throw the Hammer the furthest. A Scottish hammer has a 4’+/- handle with a 16# or 22# lead ball or the end.


Weight Toss for Height:
Same 56# weight as the Heavy Weight for Distance is used for this.  The distance thrown is one handed, backward vertically over a bar for height! Bar is raised till no one can make it over without hitting the bar. You’re allowed 3 attempts per height or till eliminated.

Sheaf Toss:
Similar to the weight toss for height in the cross bar is raised till no one can make it over without hitting the bar. You are allowed 3 attempts per height or till eliminated. However, in this event a Pitchfork is used to toss a burlap bag filled with a 18#-20# “Sheaf” of hay over the cross bar.

             2019 List of participating Highland Gamers 

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