Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Dates: April 19, 20 and 21, 2013
Admission:Varies depending on age, and when you attend. Check the official site for more information.
2013 marks the 20th year of the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, Charlotte's largest celebration of all things Scottish and Scots-Irish. You'll find authentic music, dancing, culture, art, and of course, food.
Organized by the Catawaba Valley Scottish Society, the festival is held at historic Rural Hill Farm in Huntersville, on land settled in 1760.
With the "Highland Games" side, most people know generally what's a part of this - the cabre toss and sheaf toss (the tossing of a long wooden pole and a heavy weight over a bar, respectively). But you'll also find events like long bow, heavy stone lift and carry, and battle axe throw. There are even several competitions for women, like the haggis hurl, sheep toss, broom toss, and spoon race.
Along with professional and amateur athletics, the festival promises authentic piping and drumming, highland and Scottish country dancing, fiddle and harp competitions, and plenty more.
A large number of vendors usually participate in the festival, providing hundreds of Irish, Scottish and Celtic themed items. You'll find demonstrations on traditional arts and crafts as well. Various clans will have their own tents where you can learn about each clan.
The festival officially kicks off Friday with the opening of the Rural Hill food court and a reception for patrons and sponsors. The main event Friday will be the "Calling of the Clans" at 8 p.m., followed by dancing and music. Things really kick off on Saturday morning with the Highland games and stage events throughout the day.
Here's a rundown of everything to expect, from the festival's official site for more information.
- Children’s games and activities
- Live traditional and Celtic rock music from seven national acts throughout the two day festival,plus a Saturday Night Celtic Jam featuring all seven acts on one stage
- Genealogy Search: Find your family roots with the assistance of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA), the Tartan Museum, and Family Tree DNA
- Over 30 Scottish Clans and their representatives
- Piping and Drumming with sanctioned competitions and massed band performances
- Highland Dancing with sanctioned competitions
- Scottish Country Dancing
- Ultra Trail Five K run
- Professional and Amateur Heavy Athletics
- Food Vendors
- Merchandise Vendors
- Historical Encampment
- Long Bow shooting competition
- Battle Axe throwing competition
- Climbing Wall
- Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations
- Whiskey Seminars
- And Much, Much, More