The Middle Tennessee Highland Games returns to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President September 10. All day long there will be music, dancing, exhibitions, games, competitions, and food & craft vendors across the historic grounds. The location is actually perfect, as Andrew Jackson is of Scotch-Irish descent, and the festival is all about celebrating Celtic history. Everything you might need is below including a schedule, information about the games, musical lineup, and vendors. Hope you can make it out, and just so you know, we are giving away tickets on Twitter. Check it out.
Stone Put – Watch extraordinary athletes participate in one of the main Scottish athletic events where they throw a huge stone ball across the yard. Find more information.
Caber Toss – With this Scottish event, competitors toss a large tapered pole called a “caber.” Typically, in Scotland, the caber is made from a Larch tree and is 19 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Find more information.
Sheaf Toss – Athletes have three chances to take a pitchfork and hurl a burlap bag stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar which is as tall as them during the Sheaf Toss. The bag typically weighs about 16 pounds and the bar continues to raise after each successful competitors attempt until one athlete is eliminated. Find more information.
Hammer Throw – The Hammer Throw features players taking a giant hammer and throwing it as far they possibly can. While most believe it is a competition of strength, over the years technical advancements have evolved to focus on speed rather than strength. Find more information.
17th Lancers Pipers & Drums, Chattanooga Pipe Band, Inc., Nashville Pipes & Drums, Barrenhart, Feckless Fear Dearg, Glengarry Highland Dancers, Laura McGhee, The Nashville Celts, and The Secret Commonwealth. Find more information.
Always Traveling – Celtic Tours; Bead and a Prayer – Celtic Jewelry; Celtic Tides – Printed Family History Products; Cripple Creek – Scottish & American Food & Drink; Hope Vere Anderson Realty & Auction Co.; Jenny Faulk – Face Painter; Obion Co Library – Geneology Information; Scottish Society of Middle Tennessee; Talotam Hollow – Historical Crafts; Broom Making; The Carolina Celt – Celtic Products; The Complete Knight – Scottish Children’s Toys; The Old Man – Historical & Scottish Products; The Violin Shop, Tom’s Turnings – Hand Carved Celtic Wood Products; Whitt’s BBQ. Find more information.