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Old 08-25-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

Are any of you interested in Scottish Highland games?
Labor day weekend, at the Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival will be happening. I will be there at least one day (spectating, not competing), and maybe both.
These are really fun events. Here’s a wfs link for more info.
http://www.vascottishgames.org/
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Re: Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

Sean, that sounds a lot like the Highland Games that are held here every year at the same time. I love those. Good luck and have fun. I’ll raise a toast to you with my pint of Scottish Ale.
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Re: Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

no "good luck" needed for me - I'm not competing, just going as a spectator. At 180#, I know my limitations. If I train this stuff - and I might - I would like to gain another 20# and really get in with some good knowledgeable guys. A lot of the events look like fun - especially the caber, sheaf and weight over bar.
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Re: Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

I have always found the Hammer throws to be my favorite ever since I was a kid followed by the caber toss, stones throws and the longbow competitions. But it's all good. And of course the bagpipes and fife and drums are awesome to listen to but that's just me. Have fun if you go and hopefully the weather will be nice. If you do decide to get into it, I'm pretty sure that there are clubs out there where people meet, train and learn how to perfect their various skills from each other like out here. Thanks for posting this thread, it reminded me that ours is comming up too.
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Re: Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

Looks like it will be a great weekend for Games.
Hope to see some of you local folks out there.
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no "good luck" needed for me - I'm not competing, just going as a spectator. At 180#, I know my limitations. If I train this stuff - and I might - I would like to gain another 20# and really get in with some good knowledgeable guys. A lot of the events look like fun - especially the caber, sheaf and weight over bar.
I had never heard of those events so I asked my friend Google. I don't understand how someone can like the Caber given that its so subjective - please fill me in on it
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Re: Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

I'm still a novice at this stuff, but I don't think the scoring is very subjective.

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The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event practised at the Scottish Highland Games involving the tossing of a large wooden pole called a caber. It is said to have developed from the need to toss logs across narrow chasms to cross them. In Scotland the caber is usually made from a Larch pine tree. A caber typically is 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 m) tall and weighs 175 pounds (79 kg).

The object is not the sheer distance of the throw, but rather to have the caber fall directly away from the thrower after landing. A perfect throw ends with the 'top' end nearest to the thrower and the 'bottom' end pointing exactly away. If the throw is not perfect, it is scored by viewing the caber as though it were the hour hand on a clock. A perfect toss is 12:00. A caber pointing to 11:00 would yield a better score than one pointing to 10:30 but would be the equivalent of 1:00. If the caber lands on its end and falls back towards the thrower, the score is lower than for any throw that falls away from the thrower but will be based upon the maximum vertical angle that the caber achieved (side-judging may involve a second judge). An angle of 87° is better than 75°. Scoring depends on accuracy, and if the caber did not completely turn once, then it is based on the degree that it rose away from the ground.
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