Cuba’s Celtic Festival – June 1, 2019

May 8, 2019

It’s almost time to get out your tartan plaid kilts and stockings. The time of Scottish games are about to commence in Allegany County. If you have never been to it, you need to make there this year.


Who would have thought that starting a Celtic Festival in Allegany County would be such a BIG draw? Just goes to show you never know how things will take off if you don’t give them a try. It has become one of the more successful events in our county since its beginning, and keeps growing each year.


Since last year much has happened that you may not be aware of. The most noteworthy perhaps was the international participation of the first United States Team with ties to Cuba’s festival competed over the pond in the Castle Mey games as Uncle Sam’s Highlanders. They were all personally greeted by Prince Charles.

Wellsville-area-resident and local Celtic Festival competitor, Matt Hand, traveled with his teammates Alexander “the Tank” Armor, Matthew Hall, Joe White, Amanda Ford, Felicia Baker,Wellsville-area-resident and local Celtic Festival competitor, Matt Hand,
Ryan Stewart, and a representative from Warrior 360 all made the history-making trip.

This was the first invitation extended to a US Adaptive Athlete, or any US Highland Athlete since the Games were accredited.


Our country was built from early Irish and Scottish Immigrants, and Western New York lays claim to a large population today, even here in Allegany County where our topography often reminds them of their motherlands. Come to watch the many fetes of strength involved in the competition, participate to see how much it takes from you personally and physically as you try the caber toss, hammer toss, wheat toss, or stone throw.

You will soon learn of the importance a pitchfork plays. And, if you are coming to compete, bring a pair of shoes with cleats to dig into the earth as an edge in competition.

Bring your lawn chairs for a good seat as you watch the men, and women compete. It is not your typical kind of sporting competition.

Refresh yourself with some great food concessions, shop at the many themed vendors onsite, and bring your camera so you can be sure to take plenty of photographshome to share with family and friends. You may even find information on your own Irish or Scottish ancestors, or what your official family crest is.

The event is located just of the I-86 exit at Cuba—you’ll find it.

For this year’s complete schedule of events go online to


Places Nearby to Dine at . . .

While in Cuba area you can also dine at many wonderful places such as: Moonwink’s Restaurant and Bar, Murdock’s Bar & Grill, and the newly opened The Old Greyhound on Route 305.

The Kopper Keg Restaurant (family-style cooking), and The Perfect Blend Coffee Shop & Eatery, located on Cuba’s Main Street.

There are also the fast-food type places of McDonald’s, Subway, Charlie’s Chicken and Treats, the China Sea Restaurant, Carpie’s Grill, and Fox’s Pizza Den too—all of which are nearby the event.


 Check out the “Discover More” option heading on the Discover Allegany County website to find out more interesting items about the Cuba area!!!