This September 7th and 8th, head to Buffalo, Missouri for the 10th Annual Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games. This event will consist of a wide variety of entertainment, from live demonstrations to musical events. You can’t forget about the traditional Celtic games, either, including Sheaf Toss, the Stone Put and Tossing the Caber. If you’d like to get in touch with your Celtic roots, or are just looking for some unique and exciting entertainment this month, this festival is the perfect option for everyone.
The event starts on Friday night with the Calling of the Clans and entertainment on the main stage at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. During the evening, clan tents, vendors and food stands will also be open.
Then, on Saturday, the festival starts at 9:00 a.m. sharp with performances by Jon Reneau, 2 Cents Plain and Tom Meehan. Throughout the day, these and many other artists will be performing for audiences in musical genres from bluegrass and country to bagpipes.
Also going on throughout the festival are demonstrations like dog herding, lye soap demonstrations, a Scottish country dance, an antique car show, Scottish sword fighting, axe throwing competitions and more.
You can also enjoy kids’ events, like bean bag, beach ball and hula hoop tosses and Frisbee and ball throws. The older kids will love the Haggis toss, the Wellie throw, the Caber toss and the haystack throw. Prizes are available for all events, and there is no charge for the “Kids Realm.” Your kids can also make their own Celtic necklaces, bookmarks and crests to take home.
Free Clydesdale horse and carriage rides, a bony knees contest and a dog show will also be available. A new event for 2012 is fly fishing. Brett Haynes, owner of Southernstreams.com, will be teaching the history of fly fishing, telling some of his own fishing tales and presenting casting demonstrations for any who are interested.
The main event is the Highland Games, however. Enjoy watching contestants compete in events like the caber toss, the most recognizable Scottish Highland game; the stone put, which is like the shot-put; throwing the hammer, which weighs 16 or 22 pounds; and the sheaf toss, a burlap bag with 16 pounds of fresh hay inside. These games are all traditional to Scottish heritage and make for excellent entertainment.
Advance tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. Gate tickets are an additional $2 per ticket. You can also buy a family pass for mom, dad and the kids for just $15. Children under 6 are free.
The event is located at the Old City Park & Fairgrounds off of East Ramsey Street in Buffalo, Missouri, off of Highway 73. Before you check out the festival Friday night, catch a show, enjoy a zipline adventure or visit Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri nearby.