|Bagpiper at the Palmer Highland Games|
We arrived a couple hours late because it started at eight am, when we were waking up. But luckily, most events hadn't started yet. The big, heavy men in kilts were in the field warming up with the weight for distance while the musicians with snare drums and bagpipes were tuning.
We stopped to observe the tuning of the bagpipes until the competition of the men's weight for distance began. Basically, an 28(light hammer) or a 56 pound(heavy hammer) ball on a chain thrown from one hand, whoever throws the farthest wins. I thought that it looked funny because the wind-up to gain momentum consisted of many wacky twists and turns, but they could sure throw that thing far.
|Big guys at the Palmer Highland Games|
About halfway through the Highland Games, we decided we were going to get something to eat. With many vendors to choose from, we settled on German food. We had spatzel on a stick and schnitzel smothered in onions and cheese. I thought it was funny that we were eating German food at the Highland Games.
|Eating German food at the Scottish Games?|
1. If the person flips it and,
2. The angle from how far away the caber from 12:00(straight foward) when it lands.
Sometimes the case is that nobody can flip the caber and the judges get out a different, smaller or lighter caber, this is why there can be no world or country, but only field records, every caber is a different size.
The best music I heard all day though, were the bagpipes and snare drums. They had many band competitions and solos, which we unfortunately missed, but the opening of the ceremonies(before Caber Tossing and WOB) was amazing. Every clan had their own band of pipes and percussion and then they joined together. They played Amazing Grace and Scotland the Brave before leaving us to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.