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2017's Entertainment Participants





The Town Pants


Emerald Isle — from Buffalo, New York


Limerick — from Youngsville, New York



“Penny Whiskey — from Buffalo, New York


Celtic Creek — Jim & Beth McQuiston — from North East, Pennsylvania


Scottish Highland Dancers — from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Sue Tillotson & Jim Cunningham — from Lakewood, New York


Step In Time - from Youngstown, NY



2017 Pipe Bands


8 Pipe Bands, the most at any Festival in Western NY

The sound of the Great Highland Pipes will be heard throughout the day
with the appearance of the following Pipe Bands:

96th Highlanders
Jamestown, NY

87th Cleveland Pipe Band
Cleveland , Ohio

Caledonian Pipe Band
Cleveland , Ohio

City of Thorold Pipe Band
Ontario, Canada

Gordon Highlanders Pipe & Drums
Buffalo, NY

Great Lakes Pipe Band
Cleveland, Ohio

Mackenzie Highlanders
Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

There you have it the largest gathering of Pipe Bands in
Western New York & North Eastern Pennsylvania.


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Audrey Watkins Highland Dance Academy


From: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The staff have over 30 years experience total in the field and have
produced Highland Dancing Champions, as well as dancers who have
performed all over the world. Some of the Dancers have been selected
to dance at The Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland, Basel Tattoo in Switzerland,
Military Tattoo’s in Belgium, France, Holland, and Various Tattoo’s
throughout North America. The studio has funded dancers to dance at the
World Championship at Cowal, Scotland and will once again travel to Scotland
with a group of 15 dancers in 2015

They have a performance team, Celtic Odyssey, who have members here today,
who will proudly perform for the audience at the Jamestown Celtic Festival.


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Olean Area Irish Dancers


From: Olean, NY

Olean Area Irish Dancers have been a favorite at our festival for the past 10 years.
Katie M. Duggan is the instructor for the Dance School in Olean, New York.
Katie has produced some very high quality dancers who have danced their way into the
hearts of our spectators. The school has performed at Irish Festivals throughout the
Southern Tier from Belmont, NY to Mayville, NY entertaining audiences with their
spectacular dancing skills.

We are very happy to have them returning again this year!


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Scottish Heavy Athlete's


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Presented by the Buffalo Kilted Throwers Club

Competitors compete in Six Events:

Open Stone Throw
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the modern sport of shot put
"derives from the ancient sport of putting the stone." The smooth river
stones used weigh 16 pounds.

Weight Throw for distance
Weights, attached to a ring and chain, are thrown three times-the longest counts.

56 pound weight throws for distance
28 pound weight throws for distance

Scottish Hammer Throw
The Scottish hammer derives from the village blacksmith's hammer.
The metal ball (16-22 pounds) is attached to a wooden handle.
The competitor is not allowed to move his feet while throwing.

Caber Toss (the log)
This signature Highland event may have begun as a military exercise.
There is no standard size for these tapered pine trunks, but they are
generally 16-20 feet long and weigh up to 120 pounds. The object is to
lift then toss the caber end-over-end so that it lands in the 12 o'clock position.

Sheaf Toss (pitchfork event)
A pitchfork is used to toss the16 pound bag of hay over a cross bar, which
is raised 6 inches at a time. The winning toss is the highest one
over the bar without knocking it down.

Weight Toss (for height)
The 56-pound weight is swung between the knees and tossed over the bar using only one hand.


Each competitor has three attempts to achieve his personal best.
There will be a winner of each event and an overall winner.

As for athlete line up: we will have a field of 10-15 athletes (that’s a full line up).
A combination of amateurs and masters will be competing.
Including the Buffalo Heavies


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New This Year


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Scottish Heavy Wrestling Demo!!



Presenting Kid's Area

Scottish Clan Map - Search out the clans, Get their stamp, Collect all the Clan's stamps to get a special prize!
Mini Caber Toss
Corn Hole Toss
Many more things for kids to do




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