The 8th annual Mint Hill Highland Games will take place this Friday and Saturday. The event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218 from 6-10 pm Friday and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday. Admission is free and animals are not permitted.
Friday night spectators can listen to the Celtic Concert and watch the Torchlight Ceremony and the Calling of the Clans.
Saturday’s events include Highland Athletics, Border Collie demonstrations, Celtic music, and a rugby game.
The sheep herding has always drawn a large crowd. The dogs and sheep are traveling from Murphy to put on half-hour demonstrations Saturday at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
Children are invited to participate in miniature athletics, including a caber toss and tug-of-war. Children’s athletics are Saturday at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
The multi-instrumentalist musical group Maidens IV is new to the Highland Games this year. This four-sister group is traveling from Ohio to perform Celtic music. They can be seen Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Vendors are traveling from as far away as Canada, and will sell Scottish and Celtic jewelry, pottery, metalwork, stain glass, and swords. There will be 12 clan associations helping patrons trace their family name.
The Highland Games are sponsored by the Mint Hill Scottish Society, the Town of Mint Hill, the Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, Bojangles’, Dulin Mechanical Services, McWhirter Grading, Mini-Mac Storage Center, and The Mint Hill Times.
“I’m just excited for the community to have a day to come out,” said organizer Donna Rogers. “We’re now a free event, and with the economy and gas prices it’s a great day for a family to come out.”