High­land Games, Celtic Gath­er­ing Slated For June

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The an­nual Mother Lode High­land Games and Celtic Gath­er­ing re­turns to the Shenan­doah Val­ley Wine Re­gion in Ply­mouth, Cal­i­for­nia on June 9 and 10.

Blar­ing bag­pipes, as­tound­ing ath­let­ics and tons of tar­tans con­verge in Ply­mouth, the Gate­way to the Shenan­doah Val­ley Wine Re­gion of Amador County. Along the “Royal Mile” tar­tans will be flown hon­or­ing the many clans who par­tic­i­pate.

The Mother Lode High­land Games and Celtic Gath­er­ing hear­kens back to the rich cul­tural tra­di­tions of Scot­land here in the Sierra Foothills.

The event be­gins Satur­day morn­ing, June 9 with en­ter­tain­ment from a great lineup of bands. From the Black­Eyed Dempseys, an Ir­ish Pub Band, to Stand Easy and their Celtic Rock mu­sic, to Golden Bough and their tra­di­tional Celtic tunes, to Michael Mullen a Trio of One. The bands will per­form through­out the week­end on the var­i­ous stages across the Amador County Fair­grounds.

There will be Scot­tish foods as well as other eth­nic foods avail­able in the food court. The Mar­ket­place will host Celtic craft ven­dors along with Celtic goods im­ported from Scot­land as well as other ven­dors.

Both Satur­day and Sun­day will be filled with com­pe­ti­tions in tra­di­tional heavy weight Scot­tish ath­letic events; high­land danc­ing com­pe­ti­tions; bag­pipe band pa­rades, pip­ing and drum­ming com­pe­ti­tions, harp demon­stra­tions and con­certs fea­tur­ing a wide ar­ray of Celtic mu­sic.

Some of the top Scot­tish ath­letes clash Satur­day in tra­di­tional heavy­weight events, such as toss­ing the caber and toss­ing the sheaf. In the caber toss, ath­letes flip a tele­phone pole-sized log end over end. The sheaf toss chal­lenges ath­letes to loft a 16-pound sack of hay over a bar more than 20 feet high. Other an­cient tests of strength await the con­tes­tants, in­clud­ing the ham­mer throw and var­i­ous weight throws. Events are re­peated Sun­day for ama­teurs and ath­letes 40-plus.

Through­out the week­end vis­i­tors can learn about their own Scot­tish his­tory and ge­neal­ogy in the Modern Clan Vil­lage. Each of the clans has a wealth of in­for­ma­tion, books, and knowl­edge they would love to pass along to help you in your search. Or, you can browse the Mar­ket­place for Gaelic and tar­tan gift items, hand­crafted works of art or jew­elry, im­ported foods and other goods. While brows­ing the Mar­ket­place one can eat tra­di­tional Scot­tish meat pies pur­chased in the food court.

To pur­chase tick­ets on­line please visit www.MotherLodeGames.com. Tick­ets cover all ac­tiv­i­ties within the Amador County Fair­grounds. Park­ing is avail­able at the Games on a first come, first serve ba­sis.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Games, visit www. MotherLodeGames.com or call (209) 304-4926.

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The Pa­rade of Pipers is just one part of the Mother Lode High­land Games and Celtic Gath­er­ing, sched­uled for June 9 and 10 at the Amador County Fair­grounds.

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