Tests of skill and strength are measured during the Highland Games, a popular event that will be part of the 6th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. Highland Games begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, with participants asked to arrive at 9 a.m. each day. There also is a Games Clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016. In addition, there’s a special event open to the general public! The Keg Carry will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Ages 21 and older are invited to sign up by noon. The person who carries an 87-pound keg the farthest distance in one minute will wine a free pony keg!
About the Highland Games: Originating in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th Century, Highland Games have long been a favorite spectacle, and they’re sure to be a major draw again at the 2016 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. You’ll see some of the most impressive kilt-wearing athletes around challenge one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including the weight throw, the Scottish hammer throw, and the always entertaining caber toss.
The Scottish Highland Games are traced back to King of Scots Malcolm III, who summoned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger. Over the centuries, Highland Games events have expanded to include entertainment and exhibits celebrating Scottish and Gaelic culture. Thousands of fans from throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas turn out every year for the St. Augustine Celtic Festival Highland Games.
Highland Games Schedule: Each day’s competition is new and has no bearing on the results for the next day. Awards will be presented at the close of each full day of competition.
Classes of Competition:
Masters Men Age 40-49 (Saturday)
Masters Men Age 50+ (Saturday)
Men’s Class A (Saturday)
Men’s Class B (Saturday)
Senior Masters Men Age 55+ (Sunday)
Lightweight Men’s Open (Sunday)
Women’s Open (Sunday)
Novice Men (up to 3 Games’ experience or never competed) (Sun.)
Open Stone Put (16 lb. thrown for distance in any style)
Heavy Hammer Throw
56 lb. Weight for Distance
28 lb. Weight for Distance
Caber Toss (size and weight of caber differs between the classes of athletes)
Sheaf Toss (16 lb. burlap bag tossed with a pitch fork for height)
56 lb. Weight for Height
If you have any questions, contact Bob Gourlay, Athletic Director.
St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
Date & Time: See Schedule
Main Festival Events on Francis Field
29 W Castillo Dr.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
TICKETS: Vary online