The Heavy Events, also called the Games of Brawn or Games of Strength, are one of the traditional features of any Highland Games festival. We hope you’ll enjoy the experience of watching flying telephone poles (cabers), heavy hammers and more feats of strength.
This year, in addition to our usual Athletes, we will be hosting the first ever Special Highland Games with The Arc of the Quad Cities.
Another new addition for this year, we will be hosting 8-man tug of war competitions with the United States Amateur Tug of War Association.
In any Highland Games celebration, one of the most popular events is the bonnie knees contest. In this competition, the contestants will be be hidden with only their legs showing and a winner will be chosen by applause. The bonnie knees contest has become a regular part of many worldwide Scottish games competitions in a number of countries.
For girls 13 and younger. Dress in your Celtic finest! The winner will be based off of whoever best embodies the Celtic spirit. Winner will receive crown, wand, sash and will be in the parade of tartans in 2017!
Check out the clan booths scattered among the vendors at the festival. Learn more about your native clan, or about the clans in general.
Bring the whole family to visit our family activities area. There are cardboard swords and shields to color and take home, as well as sugar cookies to decorate. Ride ponies with the Quad Cities Pony Club, and get your face painted while waiting in line.
Come visit our living history area. Join the Beornve Belegarth Medieval Combat Society for foam sword combat. Visit with the Third Iowa Cavalry to find out about Celtic American participation in the Civil War. Watch blacksmiths shape iron and steel. Learn about life in the middle ages with the Society for Creative Anachronisms. Check out demonstrations of traditional sheepherding with Claycreek Farms.
Join us for our Parade of Tartans. The Black Hawk Pipes and Drums will lead off with representatives of the clans in attendance, ending at the Caber Field for a brief speech introducing the clans and thanking everyone for attending.
Shop for Celtic themed merchandise with our vendors.