Iowa Irish Fest

Iowa Irish Fest 2015
Iowa’s Premier Irish Festival
Competition on Saturday 8/1/2015

THANK YOU to All who participated this year. You did a wonderful job on the field with your performances and with entertaining the crowd.


Festival Dates: July 31 through August 2, 2015
Friday Night Demo: Friday, July 31, 2015
Athletic Contest:  Saturday, August 1, 2015

Where: Lincoln Park, Downtown Waterloo, IA

Festival Website:


There is limited number of slots due to field size and there is limited response.  I will be running a Women’s and Men’s Open Class.  If you have any questions, please email me markjmcvey <at> yahoo <dot> com

Registered Athletes

NOTE: Open registration IS CLOSED.  Small field means I really do not want much more than 10 per flight (20 total throwers) due to safety concerns. I have 10 on the men’s side now.  if you have not talked to me there is a chance that I will unfortunately not be able to get you on the field.

Women’s Open (8 out of ???)
(Ladies, you can blame Amanda for the nicknames!)
Candice “Sheaf Mann” Price
Amanda “making santa’s life difficult” Owens
Victoria “top gun” Bunchek
Ashley “fire” Raue
Rebecca “Purdy Yoda” Yoder
Teresa “Fly Girl” Merrick
Jenny “the rookie” Bruns
Kate “no relation” Brown

Men’s Open  (13 out of 12) — CLOSED
(nick names invented by Santa because I can)
Curt “Extinguisher” Raue
James “Santa has Alzheimer’s” McBride
Craig “Corn Husker” Downey
Robert “the medic” Barrows
Leonard “two-ls” Willson

Matt “Anvil” Faltis
Zach “90% Sure I will be There” Brown
Jordan “Stone Records” Pinckney
Taylor “red devil” Hurry
Danny “Isle of Enchantment” Diaz
Jon “the hammer” Dahlin
Ross “the other hammer” Bunchek
Bryan “unexplained origins” McMahill
Josh “Ops” Roslik

Competition Format:

The event will be run as an Open Men and Women flights, unless things change drastically.  The open men’s division will throw the amateur weights.  Women’s flight will be an Open Division with masters allowed to throw their heavy weight (I am not a fan of this format).

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)
NOTE:  If the LWFD PRs of the competitors who register allow the throwing of the LW, it will be contested.

For those who have not thrown a stupid stone, here is advice from a record holder (local throwers who used this advice increased their distance):

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 Highland Games 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, Jennifer Cain, 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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