49th Annual Highland Games

Every year the Calendonian Society of Arizona hosts a Scottish festival and highland games. In this video you will see competitions such as the Caber Toss, where competitors balance a large 100-200 pound pole and toss it into the air. The object of the challenge is to get the top end to land on the ground in front of you, and then the entire pole to fall forward in a perfect arch. You can see the disappointment in some of the competitors faces in this video as the pole comes falling back the wrong way, toward them.
Other competitions include the hammer throw, stone toss, sheaf tossing. Females also compete in the Highland Games.
Besides the athletics, the festival features food, a whiskey garden, a trebuchet, the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronisms), and pipe band competitions.


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