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Published on March 5th, 2016 | by Ashley Danielle Rubin

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The First Ever Wiregrass Highland Games

This year the Wiregrass area is getting the chance to celebrate the St. Pat’s holiday a little differently. The Twisted Kilt Society will be hosting a family-friendly event at the Farm Center in Dothan on March 19th, 2016. The festival begins at 8 a.m. and will last till around 5 p.m. The festival will revolve around the Highland Games, also recognized as the Scottish “Olympic” Games. The opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. with the National Anthem, “God Save the Queen,” and a Parade of Tartans to introduce the clans.

Six main athletic events will take place throughout the day. These events include: weight for distance, weight for height, sheaf toss, hammer throw, stone throw and the caber toss. As I have been informed, the caber toss is a fan favorite. This involves the competitors throwing a telephone pole! Yes, you read that right, a telephone pole. The goal is to flip a 20 foot pole end-over-end. Further description of each game can be found on the website: www.WiregrassHighlandGames.com.

There are 15 different clans and districts who will be in attendance as a source of reference to the history of the culture and to explain the regulations of the games. The sole purpose of those whom choose to compete in the games is to prove who is the best. Requirements of the competitors are that they must participate in all six games and they must be wearing a kilt. Although each event will require great athletic skill, you should not hesitate to participate. If participation piques your interest, refer to the website for more information on registering as a competitor.

For the kids, they will be offering several activities including a kid version of the games, scaled down to just their size. Kids will be able to throw their own child-friendly caber. There will also be story time, coloring sheets and an area to make-your-own tartan. There will also be food sold throughout the day, by three different food vendors. There will be a selection of Scottish traditional food, as well as American-based food items.

Tickets for the Highland Games are $10 and can be purchased at the gate the date of the event, or a point of contact for early tickets or any questions regarding the event should be directed to chris@seahg.com. Kids 10 and under are admitted free. The Southeast Alabama Scottish Games will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

This will be an event unlike any other that has taken place in Dothan. Come out and celebrate this Scottish tradition with the entire family!

 

Ashley Danielle Rubin

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