PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR
6th Annual Celtic Festival & Magee Family Highland Games
JUNE 2, 2018 Sat. 9am-9pm
We are a Member of THE ASSOCIATION Of SCOTTISH GAMES & FESTIVALS.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A SPONSOR? Please contact MARY ABRAHAM @ 585-365-2152.
This event is held at Cuba's Fireman's Park (between Center & Woodruff Streets) Cuba NY 14727
Main entrance at Center Street. Email for more details!
We are so excited about this location!
Visit the Allegany County Celtic Festival site for my information
Celtic Festival in Cuba on June 2nd
Our country was built from early Irish and Scottish Immigrants, and Western New York lays claim to a large population today, even here in Allegany County where our topography often reminds them of their motherlands. Our many hills of green, and the farming of cattle and sheep add to that too. The resilience and tenacity of their ancestors is still very much instilled in their descendants of today.
What better way to keep family heritage alive than through an annual Celtic Festival! It’s as if time stands still on this day. Not only can you come to watch the many fetes of strength involved in the competition, but you can actually participate and see how much it takes from you personally and physically as you try the caber toss, hammer toss, wheat toss, or stone throw.
Perhaps come as a team of family, co-workers, or classmates. Make up a team name that best describes your group. Wear a Tartan-plaid kilt, stockings, and maybe even a tam to keep the sweat from your face as the day goes along. You will soon learn of the importance a pitchfork plays in these Highland games. And if you are coming to compete, you may wish to bring a pair of shoes with cleats on the bottom for you to dig into the earth as an edge when you compete.
There’s even a children’s game area where they can try their skills.
Bring your lawn chairs for a good seat as you watch the men, and yes, women, compete all day long. You will see the seemingly choreographed moves each event takes to perform, and the many facial expressions you’ll see—along with the grunts, and guttural sounds you’ll hear—which lets you know it is not your typical kind of sporting competition.
Refresh yourself with some great food concessions, shop at the many themed vendors onsite, and bring your camera so you can be sure to take plenty of photographs home to share with your family and friends. You may even find information on your Irish or Scottish ancestors, or what your official family crest is, and its meaning.
There will be an opening ceremony of bagpipers and the parading of the clans too. There is so much entertainment planned for this year’s event to warrant three entertainment tents!
It is being hosted by the 96th Highlanders Pipes, who will perform. Other entertainment includes Harpist/Singer Mary Lester of Hemlock, NY; the Penny Whiskey Band; Curt Osgood, Dulcimer player of Rakes in the Ryegrass; Trace Wilkins and the Everheart Band; Normajean Albright and her Birds of Prey; Susan Borowski and her husband, Jim “Steel Clover Music”; Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross; Tim Straube and his wife, Diana; the Celtic Spirit Pipe Band; the Buffalo Bagpipe Band; Doolin’ O’Dey; and Marcia and Monte Step in Time.
There’s even a Ceilidh (social gathering) on Friday evening with entertainment provided by Wild Rovers of Olean, NY.
Whatever you decide, you will not want to miss this one. You will be impressed with this festival. It’s located right off Interstate 86, Exit 28 at Cuba.