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The Loch Norman Highland Games

Come hang out with us at the 21st annual Loch Norman Highland Games! This is one of the most unusual and fun annual events that Charlotte has to offer. If you have never been, come see what you have been missing!

You can expect an amazing variety of events, including: sheepdog trials, piping band competitions, scotch whiskey tasting, battle-axe throwing, caber tossing, and traditional dancing, as well as a variety of Celtic apparel and cultural items to peruse. There will be interesting and unusual Scottish rock bands, complete with a bagpiper working it! Did I mention, there will be lots of people in kilts drinking Highland beer and having an amazing time? Come join us for this amazing event!

More event info: http://www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net/

Tickets: You can buy them at the gate. $20 for adults, $7 for kids 5-12, free for under 5.

The Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games is a family oriented event presented by Historic Rural Hill that offers something for everyone, Scottish or not!

What is there to do?

- Children’s games and activities
- Live Traditional and Celtic Rock music from seven national acts throughout the two day festival! Plus a Saturday Night Celtic Jam featuring all seven acts on one stage!
- Genealogy Search: Find your family roots with the assistance of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA), the Tartan Museum, and Family Tree DNA.
- Over 30 Scottish Clans and their representatives.
- Piping and Drumming with sanctioned competitions and massed band performances
- Highland Dancing with sanctioned competitions
- Scottish Country Dancing
- Ultra Trail Five K run
- Professional and Amateur Heavy Athletics
- Food Vendors
- Merchandise Vendors
- Historical Encampment
- Long Bow shooting competition
- Battle Axe throwing competition
- Climbing Wall
- Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations
- Whiskey Seminars
- And Much, Much, More!


The event schedule for Saturday: 

Following Opening ceremonies:
The Kilt Dedication in front of the Clan Henderson Tent
Celtic entertainment begins in the Music Tents
Professional Scottish Heavy Athletics competition

11:00 am - The Scottish Country Dancing Tent opens with dancing until 3:00 pm
Carolinas Open Premier Highland Dancing competition begins

12:00 noon - Heavy Stone Lift & Carry
Massed Pipe Bands performance.

12:30 pm - Flag Retirement Ceremony on the Main Field

1:00 pm - Single Malt Whisky Seminar at the barn in Dogwood Glen

1:30 pm - Sheep Herding demonstration
Long Bow competition

1:45 pm - Registration closes for Amateur Wrestling

2:00 pm - Pipe Band competition begins on the Main Field
Amateur Wrestling competition begins
Women's Amateur Battle Axe competition
Scottish Country Dancing for beginners until 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - Men's Amateur Battle Axe competition

4:00 pm - Ferguson Rifle demonstration on the Main Field

4:30 pm - Presentation of Medals & Awards for Pipe Bands & Scottish Athletic competitions

6:30 pm until - Celtic Entertainment in the Chief's Tent


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  • Rachel G.

    I'm going to head out there enow. I guess I'll try to meet you by the Presentation of Medals & Awards..

    April 12, 2014

    • Scott

      Rachel, most folks have left already. You might be better off trying again tomorrow to catch some events.

      April 12, 2014

  • centrobanca

    Where are you guys?

    April 12, 2014

    • Scott

      We are at the main field. Sitting in front of bleachers, to the left of canopy covered bleachers.

      April 12, 2014

  • Peeyush

    Where r u guys at the moment? We r near the music stall..

    April 12, 2014

    • Dean W.

      We are at the bleachers to the left of the main field. Will be here for about 20 minutes.

      April 12, 2014

  • Scott

    We are at the main field by the goal posts, in front of the bleachers. Come say hi if you are here! I am in the bright orange Hawaiian shirt!

    April 12, 2014

  • Scott

    It looks like I am running about 20 minutes behind. I will be at the music tent to the right side of the entrance at noon. See you there!

    April 12, 2014

  • Scott

    MEETUP UPDATE: The Loch Norman games are almost upon us! I am really looking forward to the event. We have an huge group going, so this will be a fantastic time for all!
    To help coordinate everyone that arrives on time and later, I will plan on being at certain events at certain times so you can find the group. I will also wear a ridiculously bright ORANGE HAWAIIAN SHIRT - So if you see one, it is probably me! Feel free to mosey around from there, or hang with the group - It is up to you!
    Key Meetup points:
    11:30-11:50 - We will be in the music tent just to the right side of the entry gate.
    12:00 - Main field for Heavy Athletics and Massed piping bands
    1:30 - Sheepdog demonstrations - Main field

    I'm sure we will also find some time for battle axe throwing, visiting the artisans and Blacksmiths, Sampling Highland beers, shopping, and the many other activities. Should you have trouble finding us, send a Meetup notification and we will update you on where we are.

    See you soon!
    Scott

    April 11, 2014

  • centrobanca

    Looking forward to meeting the Meetup crew and drinking some Irn Bru.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Rachel G.

    If I wanted to come along at 6:30 for the Celtic Entertainment, could I meet up with you all then? Thanks!

    April 9, 2014

  • Emily

    Is anyone carpooling? Also, do we need to buy tickets in advance?

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Emily

      Hey! Thanks, it looks like I might be forced into working OT this weekend, if so, I will be coming a bit late, so I'll just drive separately :)

      April 7, 2014

    • Dean W.

      Emily, I will be coming from providence Rd, if you want to car pool let me know.

      April 7, 2014

  • Scott

    Does anyone want to carpool? If so, please list your part of town below and folks can PM you about sharing a ride. Happy carpooling! :-)

    March 30, 2014

    • Emily

      Scott, If I work OT this week-end, I probably won't get there until 12:15 or 12:30, can you send me a message with your cell # so I can meet up with you guys?

      April 7, 2014

    • Scott

      Sure, no problem! At 12, we will likely go to the main field for the Heavy stone competition and pipe band performance. We will also probably be there at 1:30 for the sheepdog demonstrations, as that event is always a hit.

      April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer, can't make this day.

    March 15, 2014

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