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Mint Hill NC Highland Games

Mint Hill NC Highland Games

Wallace, Buchanan, Gunn, and Morrison are all names familiar to residents of Mint Hill NC.  Living descendants of Mint Hill’s original settlers bear these names.  The annual Mint Hill Highland Games celebrate the area’s Scottish heritage and the Scots-Irish who settled here in the 18th century.

The seventh annual Mint Hill Highland Games were held in early May this year at the Mint Hill Park.  Ten clans set up tents with displays of clan tartans and clan society information.  Athletic games included seven events of strength in three divisions for Masters, Newbies, and the elite “A” group who are capable of setting world records. 

Enjoy these photographs of some of the athletic events.

The Sheaf Toss is a 16-pound sack of rope that is tossed with a pitchfork over a bar 35 feet high.

In the Weight-Over-Bar toss, the participant tosses a 56-pound weight over his head and over a bar.

Entertainment was provided throughout the Festival by the Glengarry Bhoys, a French-Canadian Celtic band, and Stirling Bridge, a local group that blends classic bagpipe sounds with rock and roll music.

Border collies demonstrated sheep herding.

Opening ceremonies included a Parade of the Tartans and bagpipe music by the Mint Hill Highlanders, a Mint Hill pipe and drum band.

The Mint Hill Highland Games are sponsored by the Mint Hill Scottish Society to promote and preserve Highland heritage, including history, culture, geneology, music and dance.

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Copyright 2011.  Carol Fox.  Allen Tate Realtors.  *Mint Hilll NC Highland Games*

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 10:42 AM by Carol Fox

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