Highland Games underway at local pub


A tradition that runs deep in Irish and Scottish culture is being celebrated in Marshall County.

A variation of Highland Games has been played for the last seven years at McGovern's Pub in Mozart.

If you're still looking for something to do this St. Patrick's Day, McGovern's is the place to be. It's owned by a local family, but on St. Pat’s, they say everyone is family.

Green beer, good music and traditional food aren't the only things happening at McGovern's. The Highland Game go all out.

Father and daughter Jack McGovern and Marcie Lerke-McGovern are part of the family that owns the pub.

“Originally the firemen all started it in Wheeling and it's kind of ballooned from there,” Jack said.

Participants compete in the hammer throw and sheaf toss log roll among other events. The only requirement is participants must wear a kilt.

“Our grandson has a lot of records but I think they'll be busted this year,” Jack said.

“Yeah, we have two guys here this year, one played for the Falcons and one played for the Steelers, we have like, guys here to break those records," Marcie said.

They say it's a time to celebrate Irish culture, no matter what your heritage may be.

“We do it because it's a family tradition,” Marcie said. “I think everyone in the community loves it and there's nothing like this around here.”

The games will continue throughout the day until 7 p.m., but the day's festivities will continue following the competition at McGovern’s.

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