Highland Games: 2019 Preview

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Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Highland Games: 2019 Preview by Danielle Pius
The Edinboro University Highland Games are ongoing, running through Sunday | Ben McCullough

School is back in session, the air is getting cooler: it’s time for the 26th annual Edinboro Highland Games. The games kicked off on Tuesday, running through the weekend and ending Sunday, Sept. 8.

Highlight events include the official ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of The Boro Pit, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., in the back portion of Van Houten Dining Hall.

On Friday, Sept. 6 there will be a single malt whiskey tasting in the president’s suite, located in dining hall, running from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Following on Friday will be a bonfire located outside of Pogue Student Center, welcoming everyone to the games and kicking off the weekend events.

Contests and games will run throughout Saturday, beginning at 7:45 a.m. The events include a Highland dance competition, heavy athletic contests, bagpipe and drum contests, fiddle contests and more. In addition, Edinboro sporting events will be taking place across the day in nearby locations. You can sign up for the “Tug O War” by Friday night. The team limit is 1,500 pounds.

Those who participate in certain events, including a “Shoot, Throw and Putt” competition, and the “Tug O War,” will be put in a raffle to win a free trip to Scotland in August of 2020.

A new addition to this year’s games is the Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee): a closing ceremony with dinner, music and a cash bar.
Specifically, the music will be provided by the Chelsea House Orchestra. Students can use their Edinboro IDs to swipe into the dining hall to join.

All events are free with the exception of the Ceilidh and the single malt whiskey tasting.

On Sunday, Sept. 8 there will yoga starting at 9 a.m., located on the lawns of Edinboro’s campus, followed by a Scottish service at Edinboro United Methodist church at 10:45 a.m.

You can see the schedule of events, along with more details about different events here

“This year, more than ever, we want to involve students as much as possible in the games,” said Tim Thompson, head of the Communication, Journalism and Media Department and director of the games.

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