This weekend, April 16, 17, Rural Hill Farm hosts one of the most popular events of the year: the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games. If you haven’t been yet you still have time to check out the events today. Sunday’s schedule is still packed with exciting events and the weather has been awesome. So what exactly is there to do?
Rural Hill Events
If you’re at all familiar with the types of events generally seen at a Highland Games festival, this one is no different: There will be plenty of events featuring the throwing of heavy objects. One example is the caber toss. The caber is an 18- to 20-foot long section of tree trunk with a noticeable taper at one end. The pole weighs between 115 and 140 pounds. The competitor holds the small end and balances the pole in the air vertically. He then runs forward and allows the high end to fall forward. At the right moment he flips the small end up. If he has gotten it right the pole will continue in motion after the large end hits the ground, turning over so that the small end is pointed directly away from the contestant.
Besides the caber toss other athletic events included archery, battle axe throwing, the heavy athletic competitions and amateur wrestling.
Also, a huge part of the Highland Games is music: pipe and Celtic bands. Yesterday’s events had plenty of both. Dancing competitions were also featured and will continue today. That’s not all. Instructors will be on hand if you would like to try out a highland dance or two yourself.
So if you are looking for something to do on this gorgeous Sunday, come down and enjoy the outdoors and the events at Rural Hill Farm.