Celebrate Like The Irish At Oglebay Park – Highlands Games 2024

Oglebay Park Highland Games

Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia is hosting a day full of Celtic fun. The Shamrock Showdown is March 16th 2024.  Plan your trip and check out traditional music, dancing and food at this free family-friendly event.

There will be a beer garden, Irish Road Bowling, a Pot – O – Gold treasure hunt at Oglebay lodge and kids can meet Irish Santa from 1-3 pm. Local athletes will be competing to be crowned champion of the Highland Games.

To sign up as an athlete visit www.oglebay.com and check out the event list and weekend’s full schedule below.  Registration opens February 1st and space is limited.  

WV Highland Games

The Highland Games are a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. 
Highland games revolve around heavy athletic and sports competitions.
Participants must be 18 years old and wear a kilt.
On March 16th, athletes at the Highland Games in Wheeling, WV will compete in these five different events.6

Hammer Throw

Though slightly different, this event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions. In the Highland Games event, a round metal ball weighing 16 or 22 pounds for men, or 12 or 16 pounds for women, is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length. The shaft is synthetic or made out of wood. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is spun around the head and thrown for distance over the shoulder.
Highland Games Celtic Games Hammer Throw

Stone Put

This is another event similar to the modern-day track and field event – the shot put, however a stone of variable weight is used for throwing.

Sheaf Toss

A bundle of straw weighing 20 pounds for men and 10 pounds for women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like you would see in pole vaulting.

 

Highland Games Sheaf Toss

Caber Toss

In the caber toss, a full length log, usually made of Scots pine, is stood upright and lifted by the competitor using both hands under the bottom of the caber to rest against their body. The competitor then runs forward, building momentum, before tossing the caber into the air so that it turns end over end with the upper end landing before the end originally held by the competitor follows through and hits the ground.

The caber toss has come to symbolize the Highland games and no gathering anywhere in the world would be complete without it.

Log Flip

This self explanatory Celtic festival event involves the impressive physical feat of flipping a heavy log.

Don’t miss this unique weekend of fun with the family at one of West Virginia’s best parks as we head into spring and warmer weather ahead and be sure to check out other fun outdoor activities in West Virginia.

Saturday, March 16 at Ogelbay Park Wheeling, WV

8 – 10:30 a.m. | Top o’ the Mornin’ Breakfast Buffet (package inclusion), Ihlenfeld Dining Room
10 a.m. Irish Road Bowling
11 a.m. | Pot-o-Gold Treasure Hunt, Wilson Lodge
11 a.m. | Athlete check-in at Great Hall (pre-registration required)
1 – 3 p.m. | Irish Santa Meet & Greet
Noon – 3 p.m. | Irish Folk Band: Dee and Paddy
Noon – 4 p.m. | Opening Ceremonies for Highland Games at Great Hall
Noon – 6 p.m. | Beer Garden
Noon – 6 p.m. | Food Concessions featuring Irish traditions
3 – 5 p.m. | Live Music: Low Kings
3 – 5 p.m.| Irish Folk Band: Faire May
4 p.m. | Highland Game Award Ceremonies followed by a celebration of Celtic music and dance including food and drink
7 – 10 p.m. | Live Music: Faire May, Hickman Lounge

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