The Appalachian-Celtic Festival is Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, at Lee & Gordons Mill in Chickamauga.
According to Michael Whitfield, president of the Heritage Conservancy Alliance, the added attraction of Scottish Highland Games will enhance the enjoyment of all visitors.
This is important to the area so the public can learn more about the Celtic and Appalachian connection in our region, said Richard Ball, who will emcee the event.
Ball is active in researching his own ancestors from Scotland.
The event gives a unique opportunity for descendants of the Scottish and Irish settlers to learn more about their own ancestral customs and the early American experience, he said.
Rob Hatch, athletic director for the festival, said he is excited about being a part of the Appalachian/Celtic festival.
We will be bringing several athletes to compete in events such as the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss and more, he said.
Hatch said this would be the first time 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.
They are coming from Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and throughout the region to compete," Ball said. On Sunday, Hatch plans to have a segment where attendees can participate and learn more about the games.
The Celtic band Highland Reign will headline the event, said Christina Liner, festival director. She added that Ringgold performers the 1859 Band, featuring bluegrass music, and Frettin on Faith Dulcimer Club, featuring mountain dulcimer music, will appear. Gospel group Got Mercy from Chickamauga will also appear.
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 will include Scottish, Appalachian and more, she said.
Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission each day is $5 for adults; $3 for children age 6-12; under 6 will be admitted free.
For more information, visit the festivals Web site at hcaheritagefestival.org. Also check out hcacelticfestival.com. Email may also be sent to email@example.com.
CLICK ON THESE LINKS