The Highland Games are a Scottish tradition. Usually held in the summer they typically celebrate Scottish heritage and have athletic competitions. Every year the NH Scot holds the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain. We decided to go for one day this year and I'm so glad we did!
A little over two years ago my family and I visited the UK and Ireland. When we first planned the trip I was more excited to head to London than anywhere else but as soon as we stepped off the train in Scotland I fell in love. It is an amazing beautiful country and home to the nicest people I've ever met. I don't know many other places where strangers would sit outside the pub talking to you for hours while you watch the sun set over a small seaside town. When I first learned of the Highland Games here in New England I knew I had to go. Anything celebrating Scotland was a win in my book.
I had to get an Irn Bru to truly get in the mood. If you've never tried it you should! Everywhere in the world Coca Cola is the number one selling soda except in Scotland where it's Irn Bru. They also make some great commercials; I highly suggest searching them on Youtube.
We watched some great competitions including the heavy weight for distance, disabled athlete competition, caber toss and some world records being broken.
We got to see Hafthor Björnsson (aka The Mountain from Game of Thrones) and Steve Smith (random dude from Ohio) break and tie three world records in a row for heaviest stone press. The record now stands at ~340 pounds!
I also got to meet Hafthor which was amazing. He was selling and auctioning shirts to raise money for the New England Disabled Athletics. And he is definitely the largest human I've ever met.
We ended the day walking around the vendors and the clan village. We were also able to catch a few minutes of a performance by the Red Hot Chili Pipers, a self proclaimed "pipe rock" band. Even though it was incredibly hot and sweaty it was a great day and a unique experience!