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Dunedin to celebrate 45th Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering

City of Dunedin Pipe Band bagpiper Jamie Everett plays at Scottish Week.

Times (2009)

City of Dunedin Pipe Band bagpiper Jamie Everett plays at Scottish Week.

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.

.If you go

Dunedin Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road.

Admission: $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under. No pets.

Rides: The Jolley Trolley will offer free rides continuously from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. from the Dunedin High School north parking lot to Highlander Park. Downtown stops at Milwaukee and Main are slated for 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m.

Info: Call (727) 733-6240 or visit

Dunedin to celebrate 45th Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering 04/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 3:58pm]
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