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August 11, 2013

Great Scot: Highland festival continues

The Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival this weekend at Sedgwick County Park features music and athletes throwing heavy objects such as stones, hammers and telephone poles, traditionally known as a caber toss.

The Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival this weekend at Sedgwick County Park features music and athletes throwing heavy objects such as stones, hammers and telephone poles, traditionally known as a caber toss.

Some of the best kilt-wearing athletes in the world battled Saturday in a professional division. About 60 athletes also are expected to compete in the amateur games, which continue Sunday and include divisions for women and older participants.

There’s plenty besides athletics to enjoy at the festival, which was first held here in 2010 before taking a hiatus last year. McDonalds, McClouds and members of Scottish clans will staff booths, offering history and information to anyone wondering about their Celtic heritage. The clans will parade at 3 p.m. each day. Magicians, comedians, bagpipers and other musicians will perform. There’s an Irish dog contest at noon on Sunday. Scotch tastings – of the beverage, that is – will be offered for adults at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Festivalgoers may participate in sheep tossing – the sheep aren’t real – ax-throwing and Viking games.

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