The Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games presents its third annual event June 7-9 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, where competitors at the Scottish Highland Games field will gather to demonstrate their strength as they throw heavy metal weights and hurl large poles into the air - setting local loggers on their heels.
Athletic director Raymond Mabey said, "We are excited to see more throwers in this year's event, with over 40 male and female athletes anticipated to compete." Kilted competitors are sectioned in classes, such as novice, men who weigh less than 200 pounds, women, and seasoned competitors. Each must run the gauntlet of the nine separate heavy events. Pre-registration ends on May 15, but anyone can sign up on the day provided there is room in their class.
"You need at least five of the traditional events to make up the games," Mabey said. The events include the Braemar Stone and Open Stone, Sheaf Toss, Weights for Distance, Weight Over Bar, Scottish Hammers and the Caber Toss.For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.
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