International Highland Games in Angelbachtal this weekend
Looking for something off the tourist-beaten path to do this weekend? Scottish or not, don your kilt and head to Angelbachtal for the 11th International Highland Games, where you can enjoy live music, Irish step dancing, delicious food and whiskey tasting — all while watching this year’s contestants toss around tree trunks, roll barrels and cast heavy stones to earn the title of “fastest, strongest and bravest.”
The first Highland Games tournament dates back to the 10th century, when Scottish clans sought out the best fighters of their villages. Fast-forward nearly a thousand years to 1848, when Queen Victoria offered her support to the tradition, ensuring their widespread popularity beyond the borders of Britain.
Today’s events pay homage to customs of the past. In addition to the athletic competition, visitors delight in bag pipe and drumming competitions, archery and piggyback ride contests, a Scottish market for souvenir shopping, sheep herding, Scottish country dancers and activities for children.
Complimentary parking is available in marked areas, and admission is free on Friday night, July 8.
Day and weekend tickets are available for events July 9-10. Visit www.highland-games.info for more details.