From *caber tossing, a British marque car show and bagpipe competitions to dancing, food, vendors and more, if it’s Scottish, it’ll be at Lime Rock Park Sunday, June 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the 93rd Round Hill Highland Games, the annual Connecticut festival celebrating Scottish heritage and culture. Everyone of Scottish descent – and Scots-at-heart – are welcome.
Traditional piping and drumming competitions, Scottish highland and country dancing, heavy athletic competitions, races and amateur sports for the whole family are scheduled, as well as games and crafts for the kids, Scottish entertainment, folk music and fabulous Scottish food and drink.
According to the Norwalk, Conn.-based organizers, its 93rd Round Hill Highland Games are the third oldest Scottish games in the U.S. (editors: click here for Round Hill history).
This year's games feature an amateur Haggis Toss contest, a 5k race on Lime Rock’s storied 1.5-mile circuit (approx. two laps), a “Kilted Mile Race,” whisky tasting, maple syrup tasting (courtesy Crown Maple Syrup, Dover Plains, N.Y.), haggis tasting – and a “surprise visit by Merida from Disney's 2012 hit animated movie Brave.” (And children dressed as a character from Brave are admitted free.)
Additionally, people can buy passes to camp at Lime Rock Park the night before (Saturday, June 24) and join that evening’s cèilidh, the traditional Scottish social gathering with Gaelic folk music and dancing.
Ticket info: http://roundhill.org/admission.html
Admission Prices on Day of Games
(Purchase online by June 24 for Early Bird Discount)
Adults (ages 19-64) - $20
(Early Bird $11.54)
Seniors (ages 65+) - $15
(Early Bird $11.54)
Children (ages 5-18) - $10
(Early Bird $6.27)
Children under 5 - Free
(Must be 5+ to participate in field sports)
On-site Parking - $5.00
(Early Bird $4.16)
* Did you know a caber-tosser's goal is not distance, but rather the straightness of the landing? That’s because the caber toss is a traditional re-enactment of Scotsmen throwing stripped trees across streams and rivers to make temporary bridges.