Friday, August 26, 2005

Iowa Celts Forced To Throw Fake Haggis in ‘Haggis Hurl’

DAVENPORT, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The saying goes: “No guts, no glory,” but that’s not the case at a haggis throwing competition taking place tomorrow (Aug. 27) in Davenport, Iowa.

It’s part of the town’s annual Celtic Highland Games but organizers are opting to using a fake haggis instead of the real thing – sheep lungs, hearts, livers and oatmeal baked inside a sheep’s stomach.

Celtic Games spokeswoman Lisa Lockheart says local health codes prevent cooking anything in a sheep’s stomach but figures that people can’t throw real haggis anyway because “it’s about the consistency of corned beef hash.”

Instead of a slimy stomach, she says people will hurl a hedgehog-like stuffed animal as far as possible, explaining, “There’s a joke in Scotland that the haggis is a legendary beast that looks like a hedgehog.”

At least one tradition will go unchanged – the Bonny Knees Contest, where guys in kilts line up to see who has the best looking knees.

Asked if the men typically wear underwear under those kilts, Lockheart replies, “Oh, I don’t know if I should say.”

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