Like most of these reenactment type things (Civil War reenactors take the cake) I am always amazed by the amount of time and money people pour into them. But I try to look at the bright side and figure, that as human/fellowship gatherings go, it sure beats the hell out of things like wrestling or monster trucks.
Of course, lots and lots of people dressed in their highland finest, each paying minute detail to the clan plaid right down to the clan dagger, sword, shoestrings and clan whatchamacallit. Clan coat-of-arms, t-shirts and penny whistles were for sale everywhere you turned. Lots of attention to things like axe throwing and sword fighting. But let us not forget that these Highlanders being celebrated were pretty much extreme backwoods rednecks who lived in mud huts, constantly fought each other, or anyone else who happened by, ate things like haggis (sheep offal stuffed into sheep intestines), and were such an unruly and generally loutish lot that the Romans, having had enough of them, actually built a wall across the entire island just to keep them in! You people just stay over there, leave us alone and we'll leave you alone. OK? This would later become known as live and let live diplomacy.
|Bagpipes. Bagpipes everywhere. Whole vending stands devoted to bagpipes. Bagpipe parts and proper attire. Even bagpipe cookies for the kids. Magnificent spectacle indeed but, if you've heard one you've pretty much heard them all.|
|Did I mention there were bagpipes?|
|Grunting and throwing things in the air seemed to be a favorite pastime.|
|Authentic Highland food cart complete with authentic Highland deep fried Mars Bars. WTF?|
|As always at these affairs, my favorite thing is the music. Here our troubadour plays an authentic Highland banjo. How an instrument of African descent worked its way into the act I'm not quite sure but he was entertaining.|
So thus ends Mr. C's big adventure to the Highland Games. I must say that I was entertained for the hour-and-a-half or so it took me to take in everything and I might do it again some day, so long as old folks get in free.