The suburbs of Chicago had an interesting offering recently. A festival was held to celebrate Scottish culture (no Rob, don’t go there) and to hold Highland Games. I haven’t been to this event before and this year it had been moved to a new location which was supposed to be able to handle the amount on show better so we headed along.
It was hot and humid (not very Scottish) so not a day to hurry yourself. However, to add some authenticity, the recent heavy rains had left the field very boggy in parts. The vent was huge and I shall tell more about it in the coming days. One of the first things we went to see was the tossing of the caber! The games had already had a couple of events and more were due later in the afternoon. However, we got one fo the more famous events while we were there.
Competitors had come from all over the country. The men and the women were competing together (obviously with different cabers) and it was quite something to watch. All of these people looked like they could handle themselves in a fight! They were big people. A couple were school teachers so I suspect their pupils know how to behave.
The announcer suggested that the women had chosen too long a caber and no-one managed to get it over while we were watching. However, the men were having more luck and there were quite a few successes including some that were given perfect scores – do you know how to score this event?? A good start to the afternoon.