Mark your calendars - Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games

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Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland GamesMark your calendars for the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games for this weekend, June 9th and 10th! Each year the Scottish Festival is started off on Friday with the Kilted Golf Classic at Butternut Creek Golf Course and the Ceilidh Dinner.

Saturday and Sunday follow and are filled with the sounds of bagpipes, drums and the colorful display of flags and tartans throughout the lovely setting along the creek at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA.


So Many Clan Tents…What is a Clan? The Gaelic word Clan means family or tribe.  Each clan has its own tartan which is worn in a kilt or scarf and members are fiercely loyal to the group. The reason for the strength of the Scottish clans can be summarized in a quote from a clansman who said, “I owe my allegiance to the land of my birth, but I am first, last, and always a…. (your Clan name).”

Highland Games…The Caber Toss: A traditional Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland GamesScottish athletic event where a caber, a large wooden pole similar to a telephone pole, which the Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Gamesathletes have to hoist up and hold from the bottom while walking briskly forward before flinging it so that it turns completely end over end.  It is said to have developed from the need to toss logs across narrow chasms to cross them. Given cabers tend to weigh about 150 pounds and be about 18 feet long, just accomplishing that is no mean feat. But this was just one of many highland games like the Sheaf Toss, Heavy Hammer and Open Stone.

And of course there is always plenty of great music, dancing, food, vendors, re-enactments, demonstrations and so much history, stories and information shared by all the wonderful Clans!

For more information on festivals and things to do in the western NC, north GA and eastern TN mountains while visiting or moving to the mountains, visit
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Lee and Carol,

What an amazing learning event this is for anyone and a heartwarming one for all those of Scottish descent.  I am assuming there are quite a few of these folks there who have designed this bit of fun.  A

Jun 06, 2012 04:04 AM #1
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
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We really enjoyed it last year and can't wait to attend again. My family are McKenzie and Stuarts, but no matter your heritage it's a great day!
Jun 06, 2012 01:34 PM #2
Will Nesbitt
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The festival looks like a lot of fun. Have a nice day Lee and Carol!

Jun 06, 2012 11:53 PM #3
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Carol, what a great way to celebrate heritage and a community!  I hope that you & Lee get a chance to get out and enjoy this years Scottish Festival in Blairsville! 

Excellent hyper-local post as usual!!!

Jun 07, 2012 02:54 AM #4
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