DUNEDIN — It's time for Dunedin's very own "kilty" pleasure — the 45th annual Dunedin Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering.
Aye, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 40 clans will gather in Highlander Park to celebrate the city's Scottish heritage, share folklore and enjoy some friendly rivalry.
That means a springtime show of piping, drumming and dance competitions along with burly bravehearts hurling heavy objects into the air.
The Dunedin games raise money for the City of Dunedin Pipe Band and the Dunedin High School and Dunedin Highlander Middle School bands. It's also a way to share a bit o' Scottish culture and customs with the community, said Sandy Keith, president of the Highland Games festival committee.
"We keep everything just about the same each year because that's the way people like it," he said.
On the main field, sheepherding dogs will demonstrate their skills. Seven Nations, a nationally touring Celtic band, will keep the place rockin' throughout the afternoon. And it's testosterone gone wild as far as the games are concerned.
Just imagine the strength required to toss a long telephone pole end over end, which is essentially what they do in the caber toss. The athletes will also pitch bags of hay and fling Scottish hammers and such.
And for those seeking everlasting glory, there's the Dunedin Stone Challenge where strongmen heave a 100-pound rock into the air for distance.