Bonnie Knees and Turkey Legs at Celtic Festival and Highland Games

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A group of men attempt to Turn the Caber, which is to toss a large log end over end.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • A group of men attempts to turn the caber, which is to toss a large log end over end.

Kilts were the fashion statement of choice at the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games Sept. 29.

At noon, the opening ceremony brought bagpipe players marching in time through the center of a grassy field at Expo Idaho for an audience numbering in the hundreds.

Families representing clans Kerr, Cunningham, Elliot, Davidson and a dozen more marched with flags bearing their crests held high.

A day's worth of events included traditional highland games, piping competitions, dance, food and more.

One man's shirt bore the outlines of the British Isles. The north was labeled Scotland and the south, just above London, was labeled South Scotland.

Women groped knees to find the most bonnie pair in an age-old tournament.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Women groped knees to find the most "bonnie" pair in an age-old tournament.

In the bonnie knees competition, a group of women sat in folding chairs with blindfolds over their eyes while a line of men in kilts approached them, grasping the checkered fabric covering their bottom halves and hoisting it just above their knees. The man with the most "bonnie" knees takes home the prize.

In turn, each pair of knees was then groped by each woman in the line. Each man was assigned a number and the women deliberated after an initial round to narrow down the group. The announcer wasted no time in making jokes at the participants' expense with subtle innuendo.

With beer and roast turkey legs the most popular foodstuff, the scene brought some of the Old World to Garden City.

Here men use pitchforks to throw a weight above 22 feet.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Men use pitchforks to throw a weight more than 22 feet in the air.

Traditional dance included all agre groups, like these quick-footed girls.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Traditional dances included all age groups, like these quick-footed girls.

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