Kevin and I decided that it would be fun to attend the Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans this year in Vista. I’ve seen it advertised for the last couple of years and always thought it would be a neat thing to do. I wasn’t wrong.
We drove to Vista High School and parked our car there and caught one of the shuttle busses over to Brengle Terrace Park in Vista. Once we arrived we got in line to purchase our entry tickets. While waiting in line we were treated to all sorts of Tartan Kilts on display as each clan was wearing their own special plaid. It was time to decide what to do first. We decided to walk around all of the vendor booths and see what they were selling. If you’ve ever read a romance novel that takes place in Scotland then that would pretty much be a description of what was being sold there. Everything from Kilts to Haggis. (Haggis is a food product that didn’t really look that appealing to me.)
After walking around we decided to go and listen to some of the Celtic music. A band named Highland Way was playing. I loved them! So upbeat! Great music!
Of course we were hungry so we made a trip to the food area. I had a smoked turkey leg with mashed potatoes and gravy and green peas. Kevin had a corned beef sandwich. They also had meat pies, haggis, fish & chips, bangers, rubharb pie, lemonade and of course good stout ale. (Which we passed on.)
Once our hunger was satisfied we decided to go and watch the Pipers and Drumming contests. I just love bagpipes!!! They have the most awesome and content sound to them. There were many, many groups that would march in playing, perform and then march out playing.
It was on to the Sheep Dog Trials. This was really fun to watch. It’s the first time that I’ve ever seen this in person and boy do those dogs get a workout. Some of the sheep are down right evil! What great dogs though…it was hot and even though they had been running around forever, they never stopped until their owners told them (by whistle blowing) that they could stop.
Next we moved over to the Caber Toss. This is one of the most traditional contests dating back to the 16th century. You bascially have to pick up a huge pole (looks like a telephone pole) and balance it then run forward and flip it out of your hands hard enough to make it toss end over end. The poles are usually 14-20 feet long and the the weight can be anywhere from 50-130 pounds. This contest will (as Kevin says) “Make your babies be born naked”!!!!
After that we watched a Tug-o-War between the Marine Corps Officer Selection San Diego and the Scottish Highland Heavy Athletics. The Marines won! Of course they had about 13 of them to about 6 of the Heavy’s!!!!
All in all it was a really fun day, something new for Kevin and I…I totally want to get him a Kilt! We found out that we have a plaid from the county in Ireland that his ancestors hail from (County Clare) of course it’s insanely expensive and would cost almost $600 to have a kilt made for him. Then there is the hose (stockings), the flashes (garters), the Brogues (shoes), the Sporan (kind of a fanny pack hanging man purse), the kilt pin, the Sgian Dubh (knife for inside the stocking to protect me!). And of course I’d want him to have it all…so…maybe in the future!?!