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Scottish Culture Preserved With Food, Music and Games

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Day 2 of the 59th annual Highland Games wrapped up Friday at Grandfather Mountain in Avery County.

The annual event draws crowds from several states to celebrate Scottish culture.

The event has food, music and games – but they are certainly not for the faint hearted.

“This sport is all about technique and strength,” said Andrew Milot.

You may see men wearing tilted kilts and lifting logs – yep, that’s one of the games called caber toss.

“What they are attempting to do is to pick it and turn it end over end,” said Hondo Somers.

Each athlete gets 3 tries.

“A perfect 12 is the best score you can get,” said Daniel Goulet.

The games test your strength to say the least.

“I like the 56 for height and hammer throw,” said Andrew Milot.

“Some of the other events are stone throw, and 56 and 28 pound weight for distance,” said Hondo Somers.

But no matter how challenging it is, athletes say it’s all about the spirit.

“I love the games and my heritage but I am here for fun,” said Daniel Goulet.

The games continue through the weekend.

You can check out more details here: http://www.gmhg.org/

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