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.

10:30   Care and Feeding of Alpacas                      – EastWest Alpaca Ranch

 11:00    Beekeeping                                                   – Green Heron Apiary

 11:30    Broom Making                                             – Broomhilde

 1:00      Weaving                                                        – Bubbles –n– Stitches

 2:00     Beekeeping                                                    – Green Heron Apiary

 2:30    Care and feeding of Alpacas –                     – EastWest Alpaca Ranch

 3:00    Broom Making                                               – Broomhilde

 3:30    More About Weaving                                   – Bubbles –n– Stitches




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2019 Listing of Highland Gamers & Classes

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:


2019 Listing of Highling Gamers and Classes

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

Wait list will be started after that.

2019 Finger Lakes Gamers

Adam Kellogg

Amber Taylor

Andrew Billie

Andrew Cleary

Andy Ward

Billy Burcume

Bonnie Hicks

Bryan Pandy

Chris Perrault

Chris Sickler

Christian Donovan

Christine O’Connell

Churck Livingston

Courtney McGuire

Curt Long

Cyle Livingston

Dave Brewer

Daven Brigham

Dominic Caselli

Drew Robertson Evens

Eli Kiener

Eric Hurlburt

Erin Jones

Erin Lynne

Haley Schroeder Gow

James Lamont

Jason McClinton

Jed Lamont

Jeff Sims

Jeff Smith

Jennifer Taylor

Jim Smith

John Cowden

John Jans

John Katalinas

Jordan Davis

Karen Snider

Kat Simon HumeMakuchowski

Kathryn Kendall

Katie Elizabeth

Kevin Truesdell

Kim Pagliarulo Lindner

Kimberly Harrison

Lacey Gardner

Laurel Smith

Lisa Smith

Marc Taylor

Matt Hand

Michael Watson

Mike Landrich

Nick Kahanic

Paul Helfenstein

Paul Knightly

Phebe Lamont

Randy Sylvester

Rob Thomas

Robert Monroe

Ron Harkins

Scott Fike

Sean McCoy

Terri James

Terry Sylveter

Tim Lullally

Todd Harris


Laurel Smith

Karen Snider

Kimberly Harrison

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The Marketplace

Our 2019 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!

2019 Vendors List   – 

Agness Wine Cellars


Argyll Collection

Auld Tyme Leather Smyth

AZ Stained Glass

Bagley Road Bandits Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

Bags That Bite

Bill’s Concrete Creations

BJM Books

Black Button Distillery

Blue Tusk Doughnuts


Brother’s Grill

Bubbles & Stitches

Camerons Scottish Foods

Carol’s Novelties

Cayuga Lake Creamery

Cheesed and Confused

Chomppers Catering

Classic Irish Imports

Color Street Tough as Nails

Crone’s Cottage Crafts

Davenport Art

EastWest Alpaca Ranch

Farmington Historical Society

Fireball Designs

Green Dragon Artist

Green Heron Apiary

Henna by Micah

Herz Face Painting

Highland Knits and Bits


Infamous Welsh Cookie


Jes Designz

JSmith Canvas-N- Clay

Kenneth McIntosh, Author

Ladies Design



Lilla Rose Hair Accessories

Lori’s Delectable Edibles

Magpie Mead

Mark’s Pizzeria

Mary’s Collectibles

MindBody Matters

Moon Spirit Flutes

Morgan’s Mystic Impressions

Mostly Celtic Beadwork

Mud Creek Apothecary

Mythic Chrysalis

Odonata Originals

Paul Schlesing Chain Saw Wood Carver

Pitty Love Rescue

Raven Wight’s Gifts

Relay for Life– Kiwanis Club


Rochester Fairy Doors

Rochester KettleKorn

SCA Archery

Simply Crepes

Tartan Throwing Axes

The Ear Cuff Girl

The Slushie Company

Thousand Island Winery

Tropical Sno

Wallis Novelties

Wooly Things



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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                                           Knack Fiddlers

10:20 AM                                         Clan Tankerous

11:15  AM                                        Dungarees

12:00 Noon                                     Opening Ceremonies on     

                                                          The Parade Field

12:45 PM                                          Dady Brothers 

1:45 PM                                      May Pole

2:15 PM                                       Catch and Release

4:00 PM                                       Everheart

5:45 PM                                       Awards

6:00 PM                                       Old World Warblers


Food Court Stage:    Hosted By:  Rich Oster

9:30 AM                                 Old World Warblers

11:00 AM                               Scottish Dance

11:30  AM                               Brass Spittoon

12:00 Noon                            Opening Ceremonies on 

                                                The Parade Field

1:00 PM                                  Brass Spittoon

2:00 PM                                  Scottish Dance

3:00 PM                                  Tom Keefer

4:30 PM                                  Step In Time





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

Andrew Duncan, Piper

Andy Allan


Catch and Release

Celtic Moon

Clan Tankerous

Dady Brothers

Doolin’ O’Dey


Dunleavey Dance

Elyse Roy


Fiddler’s Wage

Goodwin Dance

Half-Cut Sham

Irish Set Dancers

Jayne & Bram Pomplas

Johnathan Blades Magic


KrittrKris & Feathered Friends

Magical John

Mary Lester (Harp)


Merry Mischief

Morgan Eagle Falconry

Peg Dolan

Rochester Irish Musician Association- Comhaltas Ceoltorii Eireann

Rochester Strathsprey and Reel Society

Sarah Foote


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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2019 Festival Info

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 being held at 4:00 PM 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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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

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!


The 2019 List of Pipe Bands and the times they will be playing in competition in the Circle in The Clan Village:

Gordon Highlanders                                            10:00   AM          2:00   PM

 LBS Highlanders                                                  10:20   AM           2:20  PM

MacKenzie Highlanders                                     10:40   AM           2:40  PM

Rochester Scottish Pipe Band                          11:00    AM           3:00  PM

City Thorold Pipe Band                                       1:00      AM          3:20   PM

Buffalo Caledonian Pipes and Drums             1:20    AM            3:40   PM

Feadan Or                                                                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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Clans and Societies

 Here are the Clans and Societies who are joining us this year.  Please stop by Clan Village and say hello!  

                 Armstrong                                                   Bruce

                 Claus                                                             Cumming

                Hall                                                               Hay


               Lindsay                                                          MacKinnon

               MacLeod (x2)                                                MacPherson

               MacRae                                                           Masonic

                Stewart (x2)                                                    Young


Societies & Other Organizations

                                          Ancient Order of Hibernians                                       

Children of The Myst

                                                 Daughters of Erin                                               

Daughters of Scotia

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Rochester Scottish Heritage Society

Rochester Strathspey & Reel Society

S.A.M.S.  – The Scottish American Military Society


If your Clan/Society would like to be represented here in the future please let us know.  

2019 Finger Lakes Celtic Festival

Details and Guidelines


  • Date: Sat., May 18, 2019       9:30 A.M. – 7 P.M.
  • Address: 4925 Collett Rd. Farmington, NY   14425
  • Admission: Free for Clan/Society workers on site (up to 4 persons).
  • Parking: Close on-site.
  • Ground Space: 10’ x 10’ – need more? Let us know what you require.
  • Set up: May begin after noon on  Thursday, May 16th or Friday, May 17th or after dawn on Sat., May 18th.  Must be off site by noon on Sun., May 19th.
  • Security: Security people on duty from noon Fri., May 17h through noon Sun, May 19th.
  • Complimentary coffee/tea and donuts during set-up on Sat. morning.
  • Complimentary bottles of water.
  • Clan dish-to-pass all day at Clan Central tent
  • Free on-site camping for Fri. and Sat. nights. Sorry, no water or electricity.
  • Nearby accommodations. See attachment “Accommodations” for a list of motels, B & B’s, and campground.
  • Please email us ( a picture and/or a write-up for free space in our festival program.


  • No pets, please, on Festival grounds. Clan/Society tents are NOT considered Festival grounds.
  • Alcohol from an outside source is not allowed on Festival grounds. Again, Clan/Society tents are NOT considered Festival grounds.
  • The Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen property at any time.

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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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