Panama City Beach will host the Scottish Festival

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — This weekend, you’re sure to hear the sound of bagpipes and the smell of hagis coming from Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.

The Celtic Heritage Alliance, a Panama City Beach-based nonprofit, will host its annual Panama City Beach Scottish Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 5.

Bill McCurdy, who sits on the event committee, said the purpose of the event was to celebrate Celtic heritage.

He added that the event has been held in Bay County for nearly 30 years. It was originally held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Panama City before moving to Frank Brown Park a few years ago.

Participants can enjoy the Scottish Highland Games which date back to medieval times when Scottish men tested their strength through sports like open stone throwing or sheaf throwing.

At the event, you can see the male and female athletes in attendance putting their skills to the test and competing.

You can also sample traditional Scottish food and shop for Celtic-themed goods, as well as see vintage British cars and Irish dancers.

A whiskey and beer tasting will also be available during the event, but requires an additional ticket to participate.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance on their website here.

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