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Sat, Apr 24, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Last Updated on April 29, 2021
Highland Games, The Villages Version
at the Pavilion at Lake Miona Rec Center
Saturday April 24th, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
with live bagpipe music by the Sounds of Scotland
(performance will be around noon, so don’t arrive late!)
The objective of our Highland Games is to have fun, a little exercise, and lots of laughs.
The activities (details below) are all copies of the standard challenges of Scottish games held all over Scotland today.
These activities were tests of strength and challenges between Scottish clans.
Separate competitions are open to guys and gals.
Entrance $10, includes lunch (purchase tickets online by noon on April 20)
Additional $5 guest fee for non-Members (cash/check at the event)
Lunch catered by Mission BBQ,
Includes sandwich (brisket or chicken), two sides, and a cookie.
Make your selection, optionally requesting gluten-free, after purchasing ticket.
Bring a supply of your favorite beverages.
Ice water will be available at the pavilion.
List of Activities
Enter for one or more of these on arrival at the event. All participants must have a current signed Village Recreation Release Agreement waiver on file. Copies will be available for signature on the day.
Caber toss: A long log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically, holding the smaller end in his hands (see photo). Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper (larger) end striking the ground first. Competitors are judged on how closely their throw approximates the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock. The caber length and weight has been adjusted to suit our competitors!
Stone putt: This event is similar to the modern-day shot putt as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. The “Braemar Stone” uses a 20–26 lb. stone for men (13–18 lb. for women) and does not allow any run up to the toe-board or “trig” to deliver the stone (i.e., it is a standing putt). The weight will be adjusted to suit our competitors!
Sheaf toss: A bundle of straw (the sheaf) weighing 20 pounds (9.1 kg) for the men and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for the women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event are similar to the Weight Over the Bar. The weight will be adjusted to suit our competitors!
Golf pitch: A small bucket is placed approximately 8 yards from the start line. The competitor has a pitch club to get as many balls as possible into the bucket. After three failed attempts the next competitor takes over. The golf club and balls will be supplied!