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Traditional Highland Games events. Courtesy photo.




Schedule of events

See website for times and locations.
Friday, Sept. 18
Seminars
Whisky tasting
Sheep dog trials
Highland dance demonstration
Harp demonstration
Open piobaireachd competition
Scottish country dance
Tartan dinner
 
Saturday, Sept. 19
Music competitions
Heavy athletics competitions
Youth activities
Seminars
Whisky tasting
Harp workshop
Cape Breton buffet dinner
Mixology evening
 
Sunday, Sept. 20
Music competitions
Heavy athletics competitions
Youth activities
Seminars
Drum major workshop
Fiddle workshop
Kilted Mile Race




Let the games begin
40th Annual NH Highland Games & Festival returns to Lincoln

09/17/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Loon Mountain will become the Scottish Highlands from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20, for the 40th Annual NH Highland Games & Festival. Started in 1975 as a gathering for the Clan Murray, this large event now features three days of Scottish athletic and music competitions, entertainment, food, seminars, kids’ activities and more.

“It’s a wonderful celebration of all things Scottish … and that whole area in the White Mountains is very reminiscent of being in Scotland,” Patti Nisco, executive director for NHSCOT, said. “We are probably the largest Highland Games in the eastern United States and possibly one of the top three in the entire country.”
The heavy athletics competitions will include the caber toss, weight over bar, weight for distance, sheaf toss and hammer throw. Some athletes are also invited to participate in the Loon Stone Carry, which requires carrying two stones weighing 234 lbs. and 274 lbs. as far as possible by gripping the ring handles, and the Jon Pall Stone Carry, which requires carrying a triangular 475-pound stone as far as possible. The games attract top athletes from the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Iceland and across Europe; one of them is special guest Hafþór Björnsson, an international strongman competitor who also played “The Mountain” in seasons 4 and 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Björnsson broke the record for the NHHG&F Jón Páll Stone Carry last year, reaching 258 feet.
Other competitions include the sheep dog trials, where sheep dogs must lead a herd of sheep through an obstacle course as quickly as possible, and music competitions for Highland dance, individual piping and drumming, pipe bands, fiddle and harp.
There will be up to four venues with live music throughout the weekend. Half of the performers will play traditional Celtic music, primarily with string instruments, and the other half will play more contemporary tunes.
“It’s called ‘rock and roll bagpipes,’” Nisco said. “[The bands] either play traditional Scottish music with a rock and roll edge, or play a contemporary rock song and add bagpipes to it, so it melds both genres very nicely.”
For food, there will be non-Scottish options like hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and such, as well as the Scottish favorites like fish, haggis, bridies and shepherd’s pie. Special meals include the tartan dinner, a mixology evening where Scotch cocktails will be paired with different dishes, a Cape Breton-inspired buffet dinner and whiskey and beer tastings.
Various educational seminar topics include genealogy, Celtic knot work and the art of Highland dress, and a “Living History” area will have actors’ reenactments of significant events in Scottish history.
The NHHG&F children’s program features crafts like making Scottish warrior shields and flags out of tartan, a Celtic storyteller, a puppeteer and “heavy athletics competitions” adapted for kids.
“There’s very much a variety of people who come,” Nisco said. “You don’t need to be Scottish to enjoy what’s on site that weekend. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.” 





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