NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Highland Games Celtic Festival features intense action and heritage 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
Enjoy the parade of Celtic Clans and Organizations followed by sheep dog demonstrations, bagpipe and drum bands, non-stop Celtic music, a kids’ zone and Scottish and Irish dancers.
Stay full and hydrated with at the food and beer tents. Browse the many vendors selling crafts and wares.
The heavy Scottish athletics and the Gaelic Athetic Club show their grit and strength in competitions. The hammer throw finds who can throw the hammer that weighs 16 pounds the furthest. The sheaf toss is a traditional Scottish agricultural sport that involves a pitchfork used to hurl a burlap bag full of straw over a horizontal bar above the competitor's head. Three chances are given to each competitor and, once the bar is cleared, it is then raised until all but one athlete is eliminated. The caber toss involves a tapered pole called a "caber" that is tossed normally at the Scottish Highland Games. Stone put is similar to a shot put competition but utilizes a stone or rock instead of a steel ball.
For tickets and more information, visit www.midtenngames.com.
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