GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN — Immerse yourself in the Celtic spirit of competition with the four-day Grandfather Mountain Highlands Games July 8-11, featuring contests of brawn, bravery, piping and dance, along with workshops, vendors, Celtic food and a dizzying live music line-up.

Thousands of kilt-clad Scots will make their way to MacRae Meadows for their annual gathering and games. Join the revelry and celebrate the history of Scottish ancestry by cheering on the clans in competitions.

Competitions in the heavy-weight Scottish athletic events include wrestling, putting the stone, the hammer throw and various weight throws. There’s also contests in highland dancing, drumming and harp.

Witness sheep herding demonstrations by Scottish border collies, hear concerts featuring a wide variety of Celtic music, and sit in on a Gaelic language or Celtic history crash course.

An open-air market is home to merchant selling Gaelic and tartan gift items, while concessionaires sell Scottish meat pies to give visitors a taste of the highlands.

Adult tickets are $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $15 for Thursday and Sunday, and $5 per day for kids ages 5-12.

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