Loch Norman Highland Games
By Christina Darnell | Photography by Courtesy of Rural Hill Scottish Festival
Posted: Monday, Jun. 09, 2014
Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.
The sun shone bright the weekend of April 12-13 as people gathered to celebrate all things Scottish at the 21st annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville.A healthy spirit of competition runs deep in the Scottish tradition, and the Highland Games proved to be a strong representation of that heritage the long-established Heavy Events included strength-touting contests like stone throws, weight throws, and hammer throws. Other competitions included those for dancing, piping, and drumming.Traditional and Celtic rock music livened up the scene with bands Seven Nations and Saor Patrol and such legends as Scottish fiddler John Taylor, banjo player Scooter Muse, and the foot-stomping sounds of the duo Thistledown Tinkers. Bagpipes and kilts were in abundance as participants joined in a celebration of Scottish country dancing, authentic food, and games for all athletic levels. A kids zone included pony rides, face painting, and bounce houses. The annual festival is organized by the Catawba Valley Scottish Society, a nonprofit that oversees the 265-acre Historic Rural Hill.
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