Find a taste of Scotland at the Southeast Alabama Highland Games in Daleville, Sep. 18

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A photo of the Highland Games in Perth, Scotland, in 2019. Photo via Nathan Watson

The Wiregrass’s Highland Games are bringing the celebration to Daleville on Saturday, September 18th. Want to come out and join the fun and festivities? Keep reading for all the details and information.

The 5th Annual Highland Games

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A photo of the Highland Games in Perth, Scotland, in 2019. Photo via Nathan Watson

The Southeast Alabama Highland Games (SAHG) are bringing back the kilts, bagpipes and hammer & stone throwing events this Saturday at Culpepper Park in Daleville. This marks the fifth time the games have been held—it would’ve been six but 2020’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dothan, AL hosted previous games, but the event was moved to Culpepper Park after City of Daleville officials proposed a partnership with SAHG organizers.

It’s a large open area. There are great amenities there. It gives us enough space that we can make sure we have enough room for everything and create space for all the attendees.

Chris Bailey, Board Member, Southeast Alabama Highland Games, as said to Dothan Eagle

This year, organizers are following safety guidelines for all outdoor activities and creating social distance spacing for vendors.

Here’s what to expect

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A photo of the Highland Games in Perth, Scotland, in 2019. Photo via Nathan Watson

The event will feature:

  • Local vendors
  • Kids activities
  • Local food merchants
  • Helicopter rides from Friends of Army Aviation
  • And more

Fort Rucker’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation will be there as well as 13 Scottish clans who are attending the event for the Parade of Tartans and opening ceremony at 11AM.

The popular caber toss, an event where athletes lift and toss a large caber (a tapered tree trunk), will follow the opening ceremony. Overall, SAHG has about 40 registered athletes in multiple divisions. One is for men and women ages 40 and up, while the junior division is for those under 18.

  • Where: R.A. Culpepper Municpal Park— 290 Daleville Avenue Daleville, AL 36322
  • When: Saturday September 18th from 9AM-5PM, Afterparty (Cèilidh) starts at 5PM
  • Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and military with valid I.D., FREE for kids 5 and under

A moment for tradition

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A little taste of Scotland. Photo via Nathan Watson

SAHG’s athletic events are based on traditional Highland games of Scotland. They feature traditional games like the sheaf toss where athletes use a pitchfork to hurl a stuffed burlap bag over a bar above the athlete’s head.

Athletes can participate in a hammer throw, caber toss, and stone throw—all while wearing kilts.

Pro-tip: Dress comfy because attendees can compete in select events!

To learn more about the games, visit the Southeast Alabama Highland Games’ website.

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