2015 Celtic Highland Games and Clan Gathering, 24th Annual
Where: Winston, Oregon - Riverbend Park
- Take Interstate 5 to Exit 119 continue through Winston
to 243 SE Thompson Ave.
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When: August 14th, 2015 - Free Concert 6:00pm - 8:00pm
August 15th - 16th, 2015 - Gates open 9:00 am
Events until 6:00pm, music & Ceilidh continue past 9pm on Saturday
Highland Athletics Competition
lOral tradition tells us that the Highland Games are older than Christianity. In the beginning, gatherings were essentially war games practiced at family reunions. From simple forms, the modern athletic events evolved in order to test and develop the contestants’ strength, stamina, agility, and accuracy using everyday tools. The caber toss, stone put, hammer throw and the weight toss were fun ways of training for eventual battle.
lMany of the events are rooted in the distant past. Of course the stone throw is akin to the shot put; tradition says the clan chiefs would often have a large river stone setting outside their door and challenge visitors to throw it. The hammer was similar to the mace (a heavy spiked club) used in war. The weight thrown for distance had a similar purpose. The weight for height emulates the throwing of a grappling hook. Lastly, the caber was used for crossing rushing streams or rivers. Accuracy was required to insure the caber (or tree) crossed the stream at right angles, and was less likely to be swept away while clansmen were crossing.
lIn 11th century Scotland, the first organized Highland Games came into being that resembled a track meet. The first royally sponsored contest was held to find the fastest runners to carry the kings’ messages throughout the land.
lOpen to all who want to try their hand at Scottish Heavy Athletics.
lHighland Games were held annually throughout Scotland until after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. After Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat by the English, the Act of Proscription banned the playing of the bagpipes, the wearing of the kilt and tartans, the gathering together of the people, the carrying of arms or owning fast horses under penalty of death or deportation.
lSo, to honor our ancestors’ traditions and to celebrate the freedom to practice those very traditions their oppressors found threatening, we make it all possible for you and others to participate, or just observe, annually here in Douglas County. The Scottish Society has hosted this event at Riverbend Park in Winston for several years. This event actually started out in Myrtle Creek 10 years earlier.
This is a traditional athletics competition for ages 6 – 16 with scaled down impliments including the caber toss.
Edged Weapons Competition
lUntil recently, ours was the only edged weapons competition in the state. There are well managed stations for using a spear, an ax, a knife, a bow and arrows, and 4 timed events using the sword. All are based on European style weapons and practices.
lTempest is coming to Winston, Oregon
lA musical trio made up of Roseburg and Eugene musicians, The Celtic Tradition, will also be playing. This band includes harpist, Janet Naylor, who has been playing for us since our first event.
lFor the 4th year in a row we welcome back the gifted musicians, D-n-A, from Springfield. They play folk music from Scotland, Ireland and around the North Sea and north Atlantic coastlines.
lThe Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band from the Medford area have been awing the audiences for us since our first Games event in Myrtle Creek in 1982.
Clan representatives will be on hand to help you identify any clan associations your ancestors may have had.
Scottish Country dancing and demostrations, just for fun!
l Vendors of Scottish (and American) food!, and unique Celtic gift items will temp everyone.
lLiving history display, Celtic heritage activities, printed essays on historical Celtic topics, historically based fighting lessons
lDog agility demos; introduce your dog to the course for $1 a run.
lGypsy Vanner draught horse breed from Ireland and much, much more.