Have you ever been to the Scottish Games?

Ireland
May 11, 2007 5:59am CST
This weekend there is a three day festival and while I am not sure which day we are going to atend, we will try to get out there for at least one of the days. I have never been to the Scottish Games before and am really looking forward to it! There is supposed to be piping, dancing and the traditional Heavy Events. Have any of yu ever attended anything like this or do you know much about the Scottish Games? Here is what the programmes lists as the 'Heavy Events'. It should be interesting! THE STONE Was usually picked from a local river bed, where the stone had the rough edges smoothed away with years of the water flowing over. As the games progressed they started to use the shot was used in cannon fire and today is used in the Olympic Games and athletic meetings throughout the world 28lb + 56lb Weight 28lb + 56lb weights were used on the farms for weighing produce grown. The farm hands challenged each other as to who was the strongest and throw the farthest. These became events of strength and agility. THE 16lb HAMMER The hammer was used to break rocks and boulders when making new roads. It was also used by farm hands to hit fence posts in. They then used the hammer to see who could throw it the furthest. First of all they threw it like a pendulum but as time went on they started to throw round their heads to get greater distance. This became a very popular event and was standardised by making a round hammer head and is still thrown the same way today. The wooden handle was changed to a wire and is used in all athletic meetings and in the Olympics today. THE CABER The Caber was an event started by woodsmen trying to prove their strength and agility by tossing the smaller tree trunks into the river, the water was the easiest way of transporting the logs to the sawmills. When tossing the Caber the small end should be clasped in your hands with the heavy end of the caber pointing in the air. Run with the caber, stop, with the heavy end of the caber carrying forward lifts the small end up in the air with the heavy end digging into the ground and going through the perpendicular The perfect caber toss would be when the heavy end hits the ground and the small end goes over and get as close to 12 o clock as possible. The athlete who lands the caber on the 12 o clock is the winner.
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
11 May 07
well I don't know much about Scottish Games..I was in Edinburgh once and I was told that there was a festival there that took place on August every year but nothing more..when are the Scottish Games taking place? Each year in May?? Where are they taking place? In Edimburgh?? The programme seems nice and interesting because i like old traditions and historical happenings..I hope you enjoy your time there..and please let us know something more about this peculiar event!!!
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• Ireland
11 May 07
They are happening in Fingal, at Malahide. They have been going on for years, I guess this is the 10th Anniversary, but we've always had something else on this weekend so this if the first time we will be able to attend. This is another part of the programme that talks specifically about the HIghland Games section of the festival: Highland Games Display • Haggis Hurling competition • Fingal Pull Tug – O – War • Tossing the Caber • Heavy events Live Music Sessions • Various locations Haggis Hurling does NOT sound tempting!
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@mummymo (23707)
11 May 07
maribea honey the festival in edinburgh is not highland games but a festival for performing arts, plays, singers, comedians etc! Highland games go on all around Scotland in tons and villages throughout the summer every year! xxx
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• Ireland
11 May 07
I thnk I have been to that. I have been to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, anyway, and it was in August. We had to stay all the way out of town in Gilmerton and weren't very happy about it but everything else was booked!
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@tambdy (1969)
13 May 07
I will go to the scottish games one day, i am from scotland but a diffrent part to were they are held. Alot of people who are in the scottish games are also in the strong man compatitions and it is supposed to be a great day out for the family. I see you are from ireland i used to stay in dublin for a while(well 2 months to tell the truth).
• Ireland
14 May 07
It really was a brilliant family outng, and then men were enormous and very strong. They were also good natured and having fun involving he spectators. I will definately go again. You probably know where they were held, it was at the Cricket Pitch on the castle grounds at Malahide.
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
19 May 07
It sounds like something that would be fun to do. I have never heard of or been to the Scotish Games. Is this something that is done in a couple of days time? Or does it last for a week or so? Is anyone allowed to join in or does someone have to qualify? Sorry i was just wondering how it all worked. Is it televised? I know I can't afford a trip aboard.
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@drakan291 (818)
• Ireland
23 May 07
I haven't been to the Scottish games in Scotland but I have been to them in the north. We get a lot of pipers that come down from the north, too. One of my best friends plays the Uillean pipes and is always on about it. Maybe someday I'll go with him. It looks like fun.