Spectacularly un-Celtic weather, which is to say, sunshine and blue skies dotted with puffy clouds, marked the 2010 Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast, July 16- 18.

The event, now in its fourth year, featured more than a dozen musical acts from pub-worthy pipe and bodhrán combos to the foot-stomping headlining act Prydein, aptly described in the festival program as “Bagpipe Rock.”

Strong men and at least one strong woman tried their hands at traditional highland games, including the open stone throw — a sort of prehistoric shot put — and the caber toss, which involves the artful flipping of a telephone-pole-sized timber.

There were races: codfish relay, three-legged and wheelbarrow — the latter named for the ill-fated shellfish-selling folksong heroine Molly Malone — also a 5K road race. Artists and traditional craftsmen and -women gave workshops. Fireworks lit up the harbor on Saturday night.