By Ashley Rader
The park will be come a Celtic gathering place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Celtic Festival, sponsored by the Upper East Tennessee Celtic Society, will feature a variety of live music, weapons demonstrations, dancing, clans, vendors, competitions and workshops. The Lords of Chivalry jousters will be returning for the third year. New to the festival this year are Scottish heavy athletic demonstrations and competitions and traditional archery demonstrations and competitions.
Justine Kinch, events director with UETCS, said the new events were added to recognize traditional Celtic activities. The Scottish heavy athletics will include weight tosses, sheaf tosses and caber tosses. In the caber toss, competitors launch a wooden pole up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 180 pounds.
“The heavy athletics are a traditional way of celebrating chores,” Kinch said. “It is a way to make the things that are done every day more fun. The clans have been doing this for hundreds of years.”