Labor Day Weekend will again see the Scots, Irish and Appalachian folk gather at Lee & Gordon’s Mill for a weekend of fun and games.
According to Michael Whitfield, president of Appalachian Celtic Connection, the added attraction of Scottish Highland Games were such a hit that they will be brought back again this year. The Appalachian/Celtic Festival and Highland Games will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6.
The Celtic band Highland Reign will be headlining the event again this year, said Chris-tina Liner, festival director. She added that also scheduled are the Irish band Slip Jig from Huntsville, Alabama (on Saturday); Around the Mountain Bluegrass (on Sunday) from La-Fayette and from Chickamauga will be the gospel group Got Mercy.
Rob Hatch, athletic director for the festival, said he is excited about being a part of the Appalachian/Celtic festival.
He will be bringing approximately 30 athletes to compete in events such as the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss and more.
Hatch said this would be the second year that Scottish Highland Games are held in this area and that he is looking forward to a long and fruitful alliance with the directors of the Appalachian/Celtic Festival.
Hatch will share his duties this year with David Summers, a Scottish athlete from the Knoxville, Tenn., area.
Christina Ball, vendor and Scottish clan tent coordinator, said she already has several vendors scheduled for the festival such as celtic jewelry, celtic ironwork, medieval clothing, Appalachian pottery, and woodcarving.
Food vendors, said Ball, will include Scottish, Appalachian, Kettle Corn and more to be determined.
Hours for the festival are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission each day is $5 for adults; $3 for children age 6 - 12 and under age six will be admitted free.