Iowa Irish Fest

Iowa Irish Fest 2014
Competition on Saturday 8/2/2014

Festival Dates: August 1 through August 3, 2014
Friday Night Demo: Friday, August 1, 2014 — this maybe a small competition for fun
Athletic Contest:  Saturday, August 2, 2014

Where: Lincoln Park, Downtown Waterloo, IA

Festival Website:

There is limited number of slots due to field size.  Registration is down due to the field not be contusive to big throws, if the numbers are not there, I will run a Women’s and Men’s Open Class.  If you have any questions, please email me markjmcvey <at> yahoo <dot> com

Registered Athletes

Women’s Open
Kate Brown
Candice Mann
Teresa Merrick
Rebecca Yoder
Alisha Braden

Men’s Open
Matt Faltis
Josh Roslik
Wes Vaden

Dave  Gibbs
Kraig  Downey
Mike Zach
Leonard Willison
Curt Raue

Competition Format

There WILL NOT be “handicap” throwing (Not a “Neis” Style event) for the Men’s open division.  The open division will throw the amateur weights.  Why? With the limited number of events, allowing the Lightweights and Masters  to throw  their lighter Heavy implements provides to much of an advantage when not running all nine events.  Running all nine events provides a balance with the lighter implements in HWFD and WOB.  THIS IS NOT OPEN FOR DEBATE.

There will only be two flights but how the flights are split depends on how many A’s register and Women Register.  I am expecting to run just two open divisions as the number of A throwers have not been there.  On the plus side, you may get better tips or SMACK.

Registration Time: 9:00 – 9:50 am
Safety Meeting:     9:50 am
Throwing Begins: 10:00 am

Events Contested:
Braemar Stone
Open Stone
“Irish” Stones (70lbs for men and 35lbs for women)

For those who have not thrown a stupid stone, here is advice from a record holder:
The best way to toss big rox is to hold (right handers) it on right shoulder w/ right hand just under the back end and left hand just under the front.  Turn/twist shoulders as far back to right as possible. Using a 10 foot or so run up, you want to land/hop in a Braemar type stance – LEFT arm and leg LIFT UP- Right arm and leg PUSH OUT. 
NO legs = no distance.
NO height = no distance.

Make sure you land about a foot or so from toe board so you can lift/push forward and not foul.

I play with  it a couple times a month -either just throw it like above or do stone front squat push-press – hold it in hands only just above chest – do 5 deep front squats and last one explode up into a push press finish or just do singles – clean it up off ground and squat and press – great for core /overall body work. Recommended.   — Mike Baab former NFL lineman, Master’s Heavy Athlete, and holder of the Dunedin Stone (100lbs) record.

Hammers will not be contested for safety reasons. 

LWFD maybe contested in the Men’s and Women’s open division.


  1. The “Irish” Stones (70lbs for men and 35lbs for women) will be contested.  This is a two handed stone throw,  which is a documented Irish athletic event.  (Two Handed Stone throw Rules )  NO spinning with the Irish stones
  2. NO SPINNING in Height events

Cost:  To be announced.  

Benefits: 3 beer tokens per thrower has been negotiated with the festival.

Irish Keg Toss –  A keg (1/4 barrel) toss for height will be the challenge event.  Last man standing wins.  Standing throw with back facing bar. No Spinning – NO side throws.

Release from Liability (including local)

Read Carefully! When you submit the below registration, you are agreeing
to the following
release from liability 


I HEREBY, for myself and my heirs, release all rights/claims for damages or injuries I may have against Iowa Irish Fest,Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, Zach Brown, and Mark McVey, and any and all participating sponsors, supporters, referees, judges, field helpers, or any other authorized personnel as a result of my traveling to, participating in or traveling from this gathering.

I make this release and waiver of claim with full knowledge of the hazards and inherent risks associated with the above mentioned competition. I expressly assume the risk of injury and property damage/loss.

I agree to pay any attorney fees and litigation expenses incurred by any person, real or corporate, whom I may sue in an effort to challenge this release from liability. I understand that my agreement to pay attorney fees and litigation expense is sine qua non for the acceptance of my entry into this contest.                 

sine qua non  = indispensable and essential condition  


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