Aztec Highland Games return after being cancelled in 2020

The Daily Times Staff

AZTEC — Members of the public descended upon Riverside Park for this year's Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival after last year's event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The storms earlier in the week left the ground soft and wet in the park but the participants were pushing through on the morning of Oct. 2, the first of the two-day event. 

Donna Thompson, right, participates in the sheaf toss competition on Oct. 2 at the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival at Riverside Park.

The event celebrates Celtic culture through dance and music performances along with traditional athletic competitions.

The men's and women's Heavy Celtic Athletic competitions started when the gates opened at 9 a.m. 

John Jenkins, owner of Heritage Meat Pies, pulls a fresh tray of food from the oven on Oct. 2 at the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival at Riverside Park.

Bands were playing on two sets of stages at each end of the park as attendees browsed the vendors set up across the event. 

The event is set to continue on Oct. 3 starting at 9 a.m. 

Zivah Palmer, left, and Celeste Garcia, right, take part in the Highland Dance Competition on Oct. 2 at the Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival at Riverside Park.

For more information on the event, visit www.aztechighlandgames.com.