The Grandfather Games are considered Americas grandest Games because of the spectacular mountain setting that is so reminiscent of Scotland. The deep blue peaks of 6,000 foot Grandfather Mountain tower above a grassy green meadow ringed by 172 red, blue, yellow and green striped tents.
The public can park on site at the Games field Thursday and Friday, but public parking is not available at the field on Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle service is provided between MacRae Meadows and satellite parking areas in Linville, Newland and Boone. Shuttle fees vary depend on the distance between the shuttle lots and MacRae Meadows. Converse Hi Top Grey Leather
Look for news on The Grizzly next year. The first requires an athlete to flip a telephone pole sized tree trunk end over end and the second challenges athletes to loft a 16 pound sack of hay over a cross bar more than 20 feet above the ground. Other ancient tests of strength awaiting the brawny professionals are highland wrestling, putting the stone, the hammer throw and various weight throws.
The opening ceremonies begin at dusk with a torchlight ceremony where representatives of each of the 160 clans announce their familys participation in the gathering. This raising of the clans proclaims that they have once again come together to celebrate their heritage.
Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans brings the color of 160 tartan plaids and the clamor of half a dozen bagpipe bands to the North Carolina Highlands on the second full weekend in July
Other evening activities include a Scottish Country Dance Gala at Lees McRae College.
Adult tickets are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Tickets are $5 each day for children ages 5 12 with children under five free. Tickets are available at the field on the day of the event.
On Friday night, the Celtic Jam highlights traditional and contemporary Celtic music at MacRae Meadows and on Saturday night the Celtic Rock Concert serves Converse Brown Sole up encore performances from some of the higher energy bands.
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High in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, the ancient Celtic spirit beckons. Answering the call, as hundreds of tartan banners unfurl, are the songs of bagpipes echoing Converse High Cut Shoes For Girls
through the valley and once again thousands of kilt clad Scots make their way to MacRae Meadow for their annual gathering and game.
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Among the many sights and sounds of Scotland to be found on MacRae Meadows throughout the weekend is the popular bazaar set up adjacent to the parade grounds. Merchants sell Gaelic and tartan gift items while concessionaires sell Scottish meat pies to give visitors a taste of the highlands. There is also a tent set up to help guests trace their Scottish roots and learn more about their heritage.
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