LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Highland Games will take place at the historic John Blue Home and Complex in Laurinburg on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Ever see someone try to flip a telephone pole in the air? It’s called a caber and Highland Scots have been tossing it around for more than 500 years.
If you’ve never experienced a Highland Games, you owe it to yourself to join the festivities, say the event organizers. This year’s competitors feature five of the top 20 ranked amateurs in the world in what may be considered the premier assembly of athletes at highland games in the nation this year.
For the little pros out there, again this year the games will provide scaled down versions of the events for the kids to try. Parents can pre-register their child online at www.schgnc.org.
In addition to the athletic competition, the most memorable activity at the games will probably be the competition between pipe and drum bands. The day will offer both individual and band competition sanctioned by EUSPBA. The competition will bring 13 bands in from all over the southeast and provide spectators a first-hand look at the precision of pipe bands.
To complement the pageantry of the pipe and drum bands, there will be a day-long assortment of entertainment on the music and dance stage.
The day’s festivities continue Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. when the organizing committee presents a Ceilidh and Wine Tasting at Cypress Bend Vineyards, located at 21904 Riverton Road, Wagram, N.C. There will be a $10 admission charge at door.
The Highland Games will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children. Advance ticket discounts are still available.
For more information, visit www.schgnc.org or www.johnbluecomplex.com, or call (910) 277-3149.