The 2019 Central Valley Highland Games and Celtic Festival has undergone changes.
Formerly known as the Modesto Scottish Games, the event had been held at Tuolumne River Regional Park for over thirty years. This year, the event has been moved to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, and the name has also been changed to reflect that move.
The event will be from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, October 19. The gates open at 8:00 am. The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds are located at 900 N Broadway in Turlock.
The sponsoring organization is the Saint Andrew’s Society of Modesto, which is the (non-profit) Scottish cultural organization serving this part of the Central Valley.
“The main attraction of these games is the Heavy Athletics, and we are very excited to be hosting the State Championships this year!,” said Michael Akard, First Chief with Saint Andrew’s Society of Modesto. “Not only that, but there will be open competition for amateurs who wish to compete.” Akard said this will include events such as the famous caber toss and putting the stone.
There will be both professional and amateur contests in caber toss, putting the stone, the hammer throw, weight for distance, weight for height, and sheath toss, all under the auspices of Chico-based Scottish Heavy Athletics LLC.
Akard said there will also be some amazing musical entertainment including the popular bands Golden Bough and Cooking With Turf. Also featured will be the Michael Mullen – Trio of One. The Central Valley Youth Harp Ensemble will also be performing, as will Center Stage Kids. In addition, Ken Silverman will be entertaining audiences with his magic act.
There will also be plenty of bagpipes, including the Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon and other pipe bands from northern California. In addition, the event will include solo bagpipe competitions under the auspices of the Western United States Pipe Band Association.
Guests who wish to purchase lunch, gifts, or souvenirs can look forward to plenty of vendor selling food and other interesting items.