Kernstown Battlefield to host Highland games

From left, Calvin Hicks, Bonnie Hicks, Bill Hicks and Susan Batman are members of Clan Adrenalin. They will be among those competing at this Saturdays Highland games at the Kernstown Battlefield. Justin McIlwe/Daily

KERNSTOWN– The Celtic music will be rocking and kilts will be in abundance Saturday as the Kernstown Battlefield welcomes Clan Adrenalin and the Highland Games.

Highland games are a traditionally Scottish event that combines Scottish and Celtic culture. These events are usually focused on competitions in bagpiping, dancing, drumming and Scottish heavy athletics. These Scottish heavy athletics will be on full display Saturday as they compete in events such as the caber toss, sheaf (using a pitchfork to throw a weighted burlap bag for height), braemar (shotput), light and heavy weight for distance and light and heavy hammer.

This will be the second Highland games held at the battlefield. When Sue Golden, member of the Board of Directors of the battlefield, showed Rob Monroe, head of Clan Adrenalin, the space in which to throw at the battlefield, Monroe knew it was a perfect venue.

“Rob, who is the head of Clan Adrenalin and I are friends,” Golden said. “I had gone out to watch them throw when they used to throw in Fort Valley. He came out here and looked at this and said, ‘Oh my God, this is a perfect venue, why don’t we do something together?’ And so we started small, but the throwers say this is the perfect field.”

The games will start at 9 a.m. Saturday and will feature the throwing events along with a strongman competition. There will also be Scottish and Irish dancers, including a team from the Armstrong Irish Dance Academy. Live music will be going all day from bands such as Kindred Spirits, the Wild Geese and other Celtic musicians. Food will be sold by the Shawnee Ruritan food truck and vendors such as Jeweler’s Daughter from Gettysburg, the Silver Serpent from Winchester and Young Living from Winchester will be there to sell Celtic items to the public.

Kids are also welcome as there will be a bouncy castle, face painting and junior throwing events, which  mimic the adult throwers but just on a smaller scale.

The games will feature Clan Adrenalin throwers who just recently returned from the Masters World Championships in Hafnarfjorour, Iceland. The team showed well in Iceland, bringing back multiple awards. BJ Ketchum won first place in weight for height and finished fifth overall in his category. David Marble took second place in caber and weight for height and fourth overall in his category. Bonnie Hicks won first in heavy hammer and finished fourth overall in her category.

“We have, literally, world class throwers coming on Saturday,” Golden said.


If You Go

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.

Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.

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