Bethabara Highland Games 5/10/2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Come celebrate the Thirteenth Annual Bethabara Highland Games on May 10, 2014.

Games begin at 9:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  FREE admission

Reminiscent of the Scotch Fairs that were held in the Carolinas in May in the late 1790s, the Bethabara Highland Games offers a relaxing day for family gatherings with congenial kinfolk, musical entertainment, and the camaraderie of competition.

The 14th annual Bethabara Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival will begin with the Ceilidh (kay-lee) on Friday, May 9, at the Community Arts Cafe', 411 West Fourth Street from 7 - 11 p.m. Bring your instrument and join in. Admission to this event is $10.00 (or $5.00 if you bring an instrument). The new spontaneous concept has been a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing what will happen next. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the field at Historic Bethabara Park opens to the public at 10 a.m. with some athletic events already underway. The Welcome Center and historic buildings open at 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission to the event and access to the historic buildings is free.

Traditional Scottish athletic competitions are once again a highlight of this year's games with tartan-clad athletes throwing the 56 & 28 lb weights for height and distance. Champion Athletes come to test their strength by tossing the 100+ pound, 19+ foot caber end over end. Other events include the Clachneart, hammer throw for height, and the sheaf toss. Past Bethabara competitors include former World Champion Larry Brock.


With our roots in Celtic music, we are proud to announce the 3rd Bethabara Scottish Fiddle Competition. Melinda Crawford, a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. judge and a former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion will offer a seminar and judge the competition. The competition, sanctioned by Scottish FIRE, will offer competitors the privilege of competing in the National Scottish Fiddle Competition.

Fiddle Competition flier [pdf/49kb/1p]

We will continue our focus on traditional music as The Fiddle and Bow Society hosts entertainment on the Main Stage and pipe bands will perform throughout the day.

Participation is a hallmark of Scottish Games. Your kinsmen may try their hand at the Battle-axe competition. There are activities for the kids that include Colonial games and the children's Scottish athletic competition. Kilts will again be available for the children at NO charge.

There are Border collie demonstrations and several seminars about Scottish history. You could learn a new Scottish Country dance. You may plan you own picnic or partake of the food offered by vendors adjacent our shady picnic area. You may shop for tartan, short bread, and other unique gifts offered in the Celtic Vendors Row.

Parking is easy peasy. Request an electronic PDF version of the 2014 Program or pick one up at the Front Gate or Visitor Center. 

Attendance at the Bethabara Highland Games is very family oriented with lots of stuff for the kids. Be kind to your pets please.  

Just for luck...I invite you to be a part of the event again. Join in. Have fun.

Exhibitors will offer demonstrations and sales of traditional crafts and Celtic items

  • Main Stage Music Schedule
  • Highland Games / Scottish Athletics
  • Events Schedule
  • Dance Schedule
  • Children's Activities
  • Clans
  • Vendor Information 
  • Scottish Fiddle Competition

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