Scottish Highland Games
St. Augustine Celtic Festival
March 9-10 - Skill and Strength!
Originating in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th century, Highland games have long been a favorite spectacle, and they're sure to be a major draw at the 2013 St. Augustine Celtic Festival March 9-10. You'll see some of the most impressive kilt-donning athletes around challenging one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including the weight throw, Scottish hammer throw, stone put and the always entertaining caber toss, which involves tossing a long, tapered pine log or pole end-over-end.
The Scottish Highland games are traced back to King of Scots Malcolm III, who summonned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger. Over the centuries, Higland games events have expanded to include piping, drumming and dancing competitions, plus entertainment and exhibits celebrating Scottish and Gaelic culture. Thousands of fans from throughout Florida and Georgia, Savannah to Sarasota, Orlando and The Villages turn out every year for the St. Augustine Celtic Festival Highland Games. So hurry up and get your tickets for a pure good time.
Highland Games Information and Registration
* $10 per person March 9 & 10 to compete for the weekend.
* Includes FREE breakfast Saturday, lunch on Sunday , T-Shirt for all competitors and prizes for the top athlete in each event and class.
* $5 for spectator to come have breakfast with the athletes on Saturday March 9.
* Awards will be done at the close of each full day's competition for each of the define division of athletes.
* Athletes are marching in the parade. Competition is starting immediately after the parade.
2-6pm Friday March 8 - Opportunity for any interested in competing as athlete for introduction & training, but not limited to the novice athlete.
- - Open Stone Put (16 lb. thrown for distance in any style)
- Heavy Hammer Throw
- 56 lb. Weight for Distance
- 28 lb. Weight for Distance
- Caber Toss (size and weight of caber differs between the classes of athletes)
- Sheaf Toss (16 lb. burlap bag tossed with a pitch fork for height)
- 56 lb. Weight for Height
THE CLASSES OF ATHLETES
- Men’s Open Class - CLOSED -
or Women’s Open(Athletes w/comp. experience)
Masters Men (40 yrs & up)
Men's NOVICE (Never competed)
Light-weight Men’s Open (190 lbs or less).
SATURDAY COMPETITION:Novice, Masters, & Open Men
SUNDAY COMPETITION: Novice, Women, & Light-weight Men's Open
CLINIC FRIDAY 2-6pm (opportunity for any interested in competing as athlete for introduction & training, but not limited to the Novice athlete.
Understand that each day's compettion is new and has no bearing on the other. awards will be done at the close of each full day's competition for each of the define division of athletes.
IF YOU WISH TO REGISTER AND PAY BY MAIL:
Click here to download the Highland Games Registration Form.
Scottish Highland Heavy-weight Athletics Judge / Athletic Director /
Event Coordinator / Scoremaster
Kimberley R. Baldwin
Scottish Highland Heavy-weight Athletics Judge/ Athletic Director/Event Coordinator/Scoremaster
Kimberley, who is a native Floridian was not only born in, but makes her home in Tallahassee when not traveling the Southeastern, U.S. for Scottish Highland Games. Kimberley originally fell in love with Highland Heavy-weight Athletics during a photo-journalism shoot in 2004, at the Tallahassee Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival. Once allowed onto the athletic field she has never left. Although she began as a volunteer scorekeeper and “shagger”, she quickly absorbed the fundamentals of both sides of the Games, athletics and administration, and by 2007, Kimberley became an athletics judge. Shortly thereafter, she began assisting in the coordination of the Tallahassee Scottish Games and Celtic Festival as a member of the Board of Directors. What followed only seem a natural step, in 2008 Kimberley began Assisting and eventually Directing Scottish Athletic Games and Events. She has judge in Florida Games at Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, Ocala, Ft. Lauderdale, Dunedin, Zephyrhills, Panama City, Pensacola, and Tallahassee, as well as Games in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina; Savannah and Blairsville, Georgia; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Marysville, Tennessee. Among her credits as CO-AD and/or AD of Athletics are the Tallahassee, Ocala, Pensacola, Zephyrhills, and Sarasota, Florida Games; as well as Games in Gulfport, Mississippi and Greenville, South Carolina.
When Kimberley is not pursuing her passion of Scottish Highland Games, you may find her delivering smiles to someone with flowers as an employee of Blossom’s on Monroe, a local florist in Tallahassee or with one of her many clients as a caregiver/sitter for Tallahassee pet population. Keeping in her pursuit of all things Scottish, Kimberley is a proud member of Clan Henderson and the Tallahassee St. Andrews Society.