Celebrating 18 years of bringing Scotland to you. Grab your kilt and come to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs for the NE Florida Scottish Highland Games on February 13, 2013 from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm. Enjoy the competitions and all the Scottish traditions that include instruments like bagpipes and harps, traditional animals like dogs and sheep and games like the javelin toss. While there explore your heritage with the many Scottish clans people in the arena. Bring your kilt or not, you don’t really have to wear the kilt unless you want to. Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival is a gathering of athletics, music, food and fun games. The Games continues to grow and reflect the deep connections and effects the Scots and their descendants have had on the United States as well as Northeast Florida in particular. The Clay County Fair grounds, in beautiful Green Cove Springs, Florida is located at 2497 State Road 16 West. Competitions will include Scottish Athletics, Bag Pipes & Drums, Fiddle Competition and Highland Dance.
The history of the Highland Games can be traced back for well over a thousand years. The biggest gatherings were those of the military where the commanding officers, like the Clan Chiefs of old, saw the advantages of encouraging sports and past times which kept their men fit, agile, and strong for war. Piping and dancing in particular were practiced as a form of relaxation wherever the regiments went. To this day some of the best pipe bands can be found in the armed forces.