From the canines in Celtic fashions to the caber toss, this weekend's Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival was all about celebrating the zany and magnificent.
"It's a proud heritage," said Chris Moore, assistant director of the festival. "You've got to remember a great number of us are of Scottish and Irish heritage."
There were bagpipes and bands, haggis eaters and dogs in kilts that gathered Sunday at the Sedgwick County Park for the final day of the festival.
Strong winds created only minimal chaos to the festival grounds.
"The wind was a bit bothersome. We had a few tents that didn't survive the wind," Moore said.
Others were more descriptive.
"What people come to see is the caber toss ... And guys in kilts," said Richard Cathey, the festival's director.
Organizers estimated between 300 and 500 people attended each day of the festival that began Friday evening for opening ceremony of the Clans MacNeil, MacKenzie, Eliott, MacPherson, MacDonald and Davidson.
"Most major cities in the U.S. have Scottish, Irish or Celtic festivals," Cathey said "Wichita was lacking. This is our inaugural year. We will bring it back bigger and better next year."
The festival helped educate visitors about Celtic roots in American culture.
"That's where a lot of the colonists and immigrants came from," Moore said. "A lot of our country music is based on Scottish and Irish music. A considerable amount of American cultures comes from what were Celtic cultures, like our county fairs."
But the festival was also about showing family pride.
Lori Myers, a 40-year-old mother and project manager for a logistics company in Gardner, was at the festival Sunday to participate in the highland games.
She tossed the caber, a huge, power-pole-like log.
"I've been doing this for 10 years," she said. "I am Scottish and Irish. My brother and I both have a track and field background and I was used to throwing shot-put and discus."
She used to compete in 20 to 30 festivals a year, but now competes in about eight annually.
"I'd like my daughter to know that women are strong and independent. We are tough."