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Ian Grassie of Homer competes in the heavy weight for distance throw during the Cortland Celtic Festival’s Highland Games Aug. 22 at Dwyer Park in Little York.
For the fun of it
HOMER — Ian Grassie said he never thought he would stumble upon the traditional Scottish sport but a good friend told him to try it.
“He said, ‘You ought to give this a try’ and the rest is history,” Grassie said.
Village resident Grassie started competing in the Scottish Highland Games — a traditional friendly competition among warriors in the fourth and fifth centuries — back in 2009 and immediately became hooked to the games of physical strength.
He competes under his Scottish family’s name — the Farquharson Clan — and is surprised by the popularity of the sport.
“It seems like the last 20 years, it’s become very popular,” Grassie, 45, said. “I’m amazed sometimes how many people come to a Scottish festival and they’re not even Scottish.”