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The Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering 

When: Sat., Sept. 21 2013
Price: $20/door, $17/advance, $4/children
Horror stories abound about haggis, the Scottish specialty of simmered sheep organs, but living on this side of the Atlantic it’s been easy to avoid. This weekend we have our chance to try it along with other treats like Scotch eggs, meat pies, scones with clotted cream, haggis, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, shortbread, strawberries and cream at the 42nd Annual Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. People from California, Texas, Canada, and Scotland are expected be part of the opening ceremony, which will kick off the weekend with 20 bagpipe bands, a flag ceremony led by local Junior ROTC flag bearers, and a parade that will introduce the Scottish Society’s honored guests, the earl and countess of Cromartie. “On games day, everyone is Scottish for the day,” says Karolea Lucas, president and games co-chair of the Scottish Society of Charleston. Amateur and professional athletes will show off their strength in the Heavy Scottish Athletic Competition by hurling telephone poles in the air in the Caber Toss, using a pitchfork to launch 20 pound bales of hay over a goal post in the Sheaf Toss, and throwing 20 pound hammers in the Hammer Toss. There will also be a beer garden and a Scotch tasting. If you want to work off some of the Scottish delicacies, try the Highland Fling and show off your moves in the Scottish country dancing event.
— Corinne Boyer
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