Celtic Festival & Highland Games This Weekend

The heritage of the Buffalo Head Prairie is being celebrated this weekend with the 17th Annual Southwest Missouri Celtic Festival & Highland Games in Buffalo.

The two day event, Friday September 6th and Saturday September 7th, will feature live music, celtic food, and a number of events that highlight feats of strength.

Presentations will take place from a number of Scottish Clans to show how their ancestors influenced the history and development of America. There will also be opportunities for attendees to research their genealogy, to see if the have Scottish heritage in their family line.

The clans will have a “Calling of the Clans” torch ceremony on Friday night and march in a parade on Saturday.

Admission to the festival is free on Friday night and gates open at 5 p.m.. Friday night events include demonstrations on swordsmanship, sword fighting lessons, live music, a “Clash of the Clans” for “bragging rights,” and vendors.

Saturday admission is $10 for adults at the gate or $8 in advance, Seniors 60 and older or children 5-12 are $8 at the gate or $5 in advance. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Saturday events include the Highland Games starting at 9 a.m.. Events include the Bramer Stone Toss, Open Stone Toss, Weight for Distance, Weight Over Bar, Heavy & Light Hammer, Sheaf Toss, and Caber Toss. There will also be a single stick and long sword competition.

Celtic dance groups will also be featuring during the event. The Shamrock Irish Dancers (pictured above) and Ozark Country Dancers will perform traditional Irish and Scottish dances.