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September 15, 2013

Celtic Camaraderie on display in Olcott Beach


Tonawanda News — ”It’s fun,” Tammy said.

Frank Klimjack, a Batavia police officer, found freindship to be the case at Krull Park. He was attracted to Clan Grant relaxing at the gate and introduced himself. 

”They gave me a shortbread cookie, stamped my arm and said you’re good to go,” Klimjack said. “I like topick up heavy things and throw them around. It’s a lot of fun. I like to go out with guys have a good time.”

Klimjack had the best sheaf toss in the morning round. His wife, Kelly, and friends from Batavia relaxed and enjoyed watching men picking up cabers and flip them in the air. 

”You have to flip it over end to end, that’s all you want to do,” official Matt Hand said of the granddaddy of the highland games. Getting the tree to fall straight at 12 o’clock is the goal.

Meanwhile, music music wafts throughout the park with entertainment at eight stages. While dancers performed on one stage, dancing lessons were taking place on the lawn. 

Today’s activities include Lakeview Animal Sanctuary pony rides until 5 p.m. The festival closing ceremonies and parade are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

"Go-and-Do" • What: Niagara Heritage Celtic Festival • Where: Krull Park, Olcott Beach • Continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Admission: $10 • Details: Free parking. Kids 12-and-under free.

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