Iowa Irish Fest

Iowa Irish Fest 2017
Iowa’s Premier Irish Festival
Competition on Saturday 8/5/2017

Festival Dates: August 4 through August 6, 2017
Friday Night Demo: Friday, August 4  — 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Highland games demo and practice
Athletic Contest:  Saturday, August 5 — 10:00 am to 5:00 PM

Where: Lincoln Park, Downtown Waterloo, IA

Festival Website:


Registration form is on bottom of this page!

There is limited number of slots due to field size.  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
Men’s A –
Daniel Jessop
Julian Vandervelde
Taylor Hurry
Ryan Wood
Matt Faltis
Jon Dahlin
Josh Roslik
Zach McAdams
Alexander Benedict

Men’s Open –
Zach Christensen
Greg Johnson
Corey Gualandi

Women’s –
Amanda Owens
Teresa Merrick
Alisha Braden
Paula Vandervelde


The event will be run as Men’s A, Men’s Open and Women flights.

The men’s divisions 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 when contesting less than all 9 events).

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

Events Contested:
Braemar Stone
Open Stone
“Irish” Stone (70lbs for men and 35lbs for women) — this is competition event.

NOTE:  If the LWFD PRs of the competitors who register allow the throwing of the LW, it will be contested.  — No one comments about throwing Lightweights must make Jon happy!

For those who have not thrown a stupid stone, here is GREAT advice from a record holder (Those who have used this advice at IIF have 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. — May use the master’s weight


  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


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, 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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