Robert and Maria Bringenberg, of Bethlehem, look over a rack of Irish shirts, which particularly interested Bob, who is of Irish descent The vendor, Ireland in Print, was among the Celtic Classic Festival’s 65 merchandise booths this year.
Matt Wilcox of Easton with his daughter Paige and her friend Katharyna McLaughlin as they color in the children’s activity tent of the Celtic Heritage Hollow. The girls are Wee Dancers of the O’Grady Quinlan Dance Academy.
The O’Grady Quinlan Dance Academy dancers perform on The Tavern in the Glen stage. The Easton dance troupe performed at least twice every day during the three-day festival.
4141 Dan McKim, top ranked Highland Games athlete in the world, competes in the caber toss event. The Missouri resident retired at the festival and won another title, the U.S. National Championship for a seventh time.
4143 Dan McKim waves to the crowd after the Caber Toss event.
Dan McKim talks with a fellow competitor after the Caber Toss. The Missouri resident, a top ranked Highland Games athlete in the world, retired at the festival and won another title, the U.S. National Championship for a seventh time.
Freedom HS assistant band director Andrew Lynn waves to the Showing of the Tartan parade crowd. The annual parade was held the second day of the festival.
Members of the Scottish Society of the Lehigh Valley participate in the Showing of the Tartan parade on Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. Barbara Chevalier, president of the local Scottish Society, wears a distinctive sash.
The Bergen Irish Pipe and Drum Corps marches along the Celtic Classic Festival Highland Concourse before entering the field for the opening ceremony.
PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANHighland Games athletes hold a large Stars and Stripes during the opening ceremonies.
BELOW: The Liberty HS Grenadier Band marches past the Celtic Classic Festival’s opening ceremony special guests, which include State Senator Lisa Boscola.
Mark Ferguson carries haggis for the Scottish delicacy eating contest on the Highland Field, a popular event on the opening afternoon. The North Carolina resident prepared Scotland’s favorite patty of sheep’s stomach, heart, liver and lungs.
Royze Seifert, a Scottish Society of the Lehigh Valley member, is one of 17 participants in the Haggis Bowl.
Shane Killeen, of Bethlehem, holds his empty plate after winning the Haggis Eating Contest for his second year in a row. The competitor who eats a pound of haggis the fastest is crowned the champion.
The festival grounds underneath the Hill-to-Hill Bridge features a food court and the Grand Pavilion entertainment tent in the background below downtown Bethlehem. Celtic beer is popular at the festival. Our coverage begins on page A13 and continues on A15,
Eric Ritchey, of Bethlehem, looks over items at the Celtic Classic Festival souvenir shop. “I come every year, at least 20 so far,” said Ritchey, who claims to be of Celtic descent.