Maine Celtic Celebration Hits the Belfast Waterfront

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) "We have the Highland Heavy Games which is the Scottish traditional games throwing things like big tree trunks and huge stones."

A few thousand people were in Belfast over the weekend getting in touch with their Celtic heritage.

It's all part of the Maine Celtic Celebration.

A two-day event filled with food, entertainment, and of course...music.

Celtic musicians from near and far hit the stage with their sweet sounds.

The full weekend schedule also includes the highland heavy games, children's lawn games, and, the infamous cheese roll contest.

"The cheese roll is probably the most well known aspect of the celebration and it is exactly what it says it's a bunch of people chasing a roll and cheese down a hill."

10 five-pound cheese wheels hit the ground running on Sunday.

Organizers say this strange, but entertaining activity is quite the draw.

"Everybody stands around and cheers and we've had people write about it from all over the state and so it's modeled after a cheese roll in gloucester, england which is much more perilous event."

And the winner of course gets to keep their five pounds of cheesy goodness.

"I won the cheese!"

For Kie, this is his second year in the contest, but his first hitting the jackpot. But, he has some other Celtic favorites too.

"I like the cotton candy and the race to the balloons, I mean where you shoot a little pokey things at the balloons."

This is the 11th year for the celebration.

Organizers say that this is a busy time of year for the Midcoast and they want visitors to have fun at their event without a hefty price tag.

"We're very committed to the idea that this should be a celebration that everyone can participate in regardless of whether they have money to pay to enter so we want to do it on the basis of donations and support from the local business community."