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Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.
Visit www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net or more information about the event.
HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville will hold its 20th annual Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games on April 20–21.
One of Rural Hill’s biggest events of the year, the games will play host to several family-fun events, including traditional Scottish field competitions, bagpiping and dancing.
The games will play host to one of the most highly acclaimed bagpipes bands in the world, the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
Below is a schedule of events.
Saturday, April 20
8 a.m. – Individual piping and drumming competition
8:30 a.m. – Highland dancing competition
9 a.m. – Ultra Trail Five K Trail Race
9:30 a.m. – Competition in professional Scottish heavy athletics
10 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies – Presentation of the honored guest with the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish American Military Society Post #1775 and the 78th Fraser Highlanders
Following Opening ceremonies:
The kilt dedication in front of the Clan Henderson tent
Celtic entertainment in the music tents
Professional scottish heavy athletics competition
11 a.m. – The Scottish country dancing tent opens with dancing until 3 p.m.
Carolinas open premier highland dancing competition
12 p.m. – Heavy stone lift & carry
Massed pipe bands performance.
12:30 p.m. – Flag retirement ceremony on the main field
1 p.m. – Single malt whisky seminar at the barn in dogwood glen
1:30 p.m. – Sheep herding demonstration
Long bow competition
1:45 p.m. – Registration closes for amateur wrestling
2 p.m. – Pipe band competition on the main field
Amateur wrestling competition
Women's Amateur battle axe competition
Scottish country dancing for beginners until 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – Men's amateur battle axe competition
4 p.m. – Ferguson rifle demonstration on the main field
4:30 p.m. – Presentation of medals & awards for pipe bands & scottish athletic competitions
6:30 p.m. until – Celtic entertainment in the chief's tent
8 p.m. until – Scottish country dancing gala for Hopewell Presbyterian Church
Sunday, April 21
8 a.m. – Field opens at Rural Hill
Registration for amateur heavy athletics
9 a.m.-12 p.m.– Qualifying for amateur heavy athletics
Registration for kilted mile at the athletic tent
9 a.m. – Worship service at the Rural Hill burying ground
Highland dancing competition in the chief's tent
10 a.m. – Practice throws at the battle axe pit until 11:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – Celtic entertainment in the Celtic rock & traditional music tents
11 a.m. – Best clan tent award presentation by Anvil Artistry
12 p.m. – The Parade of Tartans and massed bands performance
12-2 p.m. – Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations & instructions
12:30 p.m. – Amateur Scottish athletic competition resumes
1 p.m. – Kilted Mile
Tug–o–War (Clan Teams)
1:30 p.m. – Sheep herding demonstration with Dr. Ben Ousley
2 p.m. – Single malt whisky seminar in the Scottish country-dancing tent
2:30 p.m. – Battle axe challenge match – entry fee for the prize pot
3 p.m. – Flag retirement ceremony on main field
3:15 p.m. – Raffle drawing
4 p.m. – Presentation of awards at the reviewing stand
4:30 p.m. – Closing ceremonies at the Cairn with singing of Auld Lang Syne