Highland Games return to Kernstown battlefield

WINCHESTER – The Kernstown Battlefield Association will host the annual Highland Games on Saturday with local Clan Adrenalin.

Event Director Sue Golden said this event is perfect for all ages. There will be over 30 throwers, coming from as far off as New England and Atlanta. The throwers range in age from 11 to 55.

Many of Saturday’s competitors participated in the World Master’s Championship in the summer in Iceland. Bonnie Hicks, of Front Royal, placed first in the heavy hammer, second place in weight over bar, and fourth place over all. Her son Haddon Hicks, 11, of Front Royal, who will be participating in his first games on Saturday.

Terri Jones, the Woman’s World Master’s Champion for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and the Scottish Masters Athletics International Hall of Fame, will attend the Highland Games.

The Armstrong Irish Dance Academy will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Leah Martin, of the Virginia Falconer’s Association, will give falconry demonstrations with a hawk and an owl. The Virginia Falconers’ Association is dedicated to the preservation, education, and sustainability of the ancient art of falconry in Virginia.

Shaffer’s BBQ’ food truck will be onsite  beginning at 11 a.m. and will be serving beef and pork barbecue, ribs, Cajun chicken, Brunswick stew, baked beans, cole slaw, homemade cookies and pies. Shaffer’s will also have coffee, water, soda and locally pressed apple cider.

Museum tours, including the 1854 Pritchard House, will be available throughout the day. The gift shop will also be open for guests wanting to pick up some local memorabilia.

A golf cart will be on site for those guests who need assistance moving around the grounds.

This is a rain or shine event. Admission is free. Bring chairs and dress appropriately for the weather.

If You Go

When:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester

Admission: Free