Highland Games Competition

Highland Games are noted for their unique sporting and athletic events,  many of which involve throwing and lifting. These heavy events include the shot put, caber toss, sheaf toss, and hammer throw.

Follow this link to register for the Highland Games Competition.



Bagpipe Competition

This year we will be adding a Solo Bagpipe Competition.  The first bagpipe competition of its kind in the four corners. Judge Jeffrey Anderson of Phoenix will be our judge. We’ll be offering grades I-V.

2022 Cortez Celtic Fair Piping Competition Events

Highland Dance Competition

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

in the Recreation Center Gym
Dance Demonstration at amphitheater

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Highland dancing is a competitive and technical dance form requiring technique, stamina, and strength, and is recognized as a sport by the Sport Council of Scotland.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet. It is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

​Highland Dance Albuquerque is the organizer of the Highland Dance competition.

2022 Cortez Celtic Fair Highland Dance Competition

Highland Dance

Tug O’ War

Tug O’ War Sign up

10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Tug O’ War Prelims

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Tug O’ War Finals

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Tug O’ War Rules

1) 6 person teams – All teams are coed and include at least 2 women.
2) All teams must compete with original members.
There will be no substitutions for any reason once the
competition has begun
3) No steel cleats allowed
4) Gloves may be worn
5) Wrapping the rope around your waist or arm is not allowed

Entry fee – $30.00 per team

First place – 1 Osprey pack for each team member


Second place – A $20.00 gift certificate from Main Street Brewery for each team member
Third place – 1 Cortez Celtic Fair T-shirt for each team member

​Like last year, we will be having kid’s tug o’ war. All kids that participate will get a treat.

For Entry information contact: karamck@q.com


Tug O' War

12:00 noon and 2:30 P.M.

Scotch Whiskey Tastings

We will be hosting two Scotch Whiskey tastings in the beer tent. Elliot MacFarlane, FSA Scot, Whisky Ambassador UK, will be presenting Scotches from different regions of Scotland. Elliot has led tastings all over North America. It will be a fun and informative tasting. The cost is $20 per person.