Highland games are events held in spring and summer in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and, especially that of the Scottish Highland. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centered on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
The origin of human games and sports predates recorded history. An example of a possible early games venue is at Fetteresco, although that location is technically a few miles south of the Scottish Highlands.
It is reported in numerous Highland games programs, that King Malcolm lll of Scotland, in the 11th century, summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich (overlooking Braemar). King Malcolm created this foot race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger. Some have seen this apocryphal event to be the origin of today's modern Highland games.
The Celtic Games will be held on November 4th 2017 at Lions Park Down Town Huntington at 10 am PST. for more questions or for vendor spots call Bill Burley (208)249-5179