Who says plaid and pipes don't go together? Bagpipes that is. Dust off your kilt, channel your inner Scot and head out for a full day of good times and Scottish traditions at the 165th annual Highland Games on Aug. 2, 2014 at Historic Greenmead Park in Livonia.
Each year since 1849, the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit presents the annual Highland Games, the oldest continuous game in North America, as a way to preserve Scottish heritage through its customs, dress, literature and more.
This year, the games kick off with a traditional Ceilidh in the evening on Friday, Aug. 1. On Saturday, the fields of Historic Greenmead Park will come alive with traditional Scottish heavy athletics, including caber toss, the hammer throw tug-of-war and more. Plus, piping, drum and highland dance competitions.
Visit Clan Row for a brief history of Scottish clans. Taste some Scottish delicacies and, for those wishing to test their heavy weight skills, take a shot at the Haggis Toss Challenge, which is open to the public will be held on the athletic field at the end of the day.
Wee little lads and lassies can head over to Wee Bairns to see animals native to Scotland, fish the Loch Ness and try their hand a tiny caber toss.
The games will close with the Pipedown in the Ceilidh tent at 6:30 p.m.
The games happens on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $12 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.
See the Metro Parent listing for more information on the Highland Games at Historic Greenmead Park in Livonia.