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Scottish Games and Highland Gathering

When: Sat., Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2014

If kilts, bagpipes, and burly guys strike your fancy, head down to Boone Hall Plantation for the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. The heavy athletic competitions will feature demonstrations of brawn like the sheaf toss, the stone of strength, and the caber toss. For those who are too little to chuck the 175 pound wooden caber, the children’s games will include a Scotch egg relay, face painting, storytelling, and a bounce castle. The day will be filled with music from Rathkeltair, Castle Crossing, and Carroll Brown as well as a piping and drumming competition. Oh, and there’ll be a Scottish dance exhibition. One of the most popular events every year is the border collie demonstration; watch these intelligent Scottish-bred herd dogs flock sheep and goats. Scottish merchandise and cuisine will be available for purchase, and there will be a beer garden from Highland Brewing Co. to help give you the courage to try the haggis. Over 40 clan tents will be representing the history and culture of their particular Scottish genealogy. But you don’t have to be Scottish to get in. “The games have a pretty good mix [of people], even if you just wanna look at big guys in kilts all day,” says Jeff Castle, vice president of the Scottish Society of Charleston. The games are part of a whole week of Scottish Society events, including a scotch whisky tasting and Tartan Ball.

Katherine LaDue

Price: $18/adult, $5/children six-12, free/under six

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