Scotch-Irish heritage celebrated at the Glasgow Highland Games

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO)--- Many people celebrated Celtic culture this weekend with traditional music, food, games, and dance, all to honor the heritage of Glasgow, Kentucky's founders.

The sound of bagpipes filled the air at the Glasgow Highland Games, held at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park, and Saint Andrew's Field

"Primarily this event is about Celtic heritage and family and friends and music," says Glasgow Highland Games Director of Logistics and Operations Gene Shy.

"You don't necessarily have to be of Celtic origin to come here, but most people are attracted to it because of that, but we have a lot of things for people that aren't," says Shy.

"We have music,we have food, we have games, we have heavy athletics, so we basically we have everything for every family member," he says.

Traditional Scottish athletics were one of the main events this weekend.

"With the heavy athletics we do caber tossing, (sheaf toss), tossing the stone, these all traditional games that evolved from several hundred years ago," says Shy.

"These games were used to train the athletes for every individual clan so they participate in these things for strength building and for pride," he says.

Winners of this years competition will go in to represent the United States in the World Championship of Scottish Athletics.

The Glasgow Highland Games are held every year during the weekend following Memorial Day.

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