Air out your plaid for this one, GR8RJax™!
The 17th Annual Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival is this weekend at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
Maybe it’s not so very odd that the state’s largest celebration of Scottish culture is parked squarely in Clay county.
Scots got off the Appalachian Trail in Georgia with all the other Brits and walked the rest of the way to Greater Jacksonville about 300 years ago.
There are still plenty here.
To “foster the growth and understanding of Scottish culture through athletic competition, Celtic music, highland dance, entertainment and food.”
Men In Skirts
The traditions of the highland games go back over 1,000 years when early Scottish military commanders used competitive sports to train troops for battle.
After the games, the men relaxed with highland dances and pipe music.
With over 40 clans represented in northest Florida, you’ll understand that the festival is a big damn deal.
What The Hell’s A Caber?
Here’s what’s to see, hear and do:
- Pipe band competitions
- Parade of clans
- Scottish geneologists – You can trace your clan roots right there at the festival.
- Men is plaid skirts throwing things – battle axes, telephone poles (cabers), sheaves and hammers – for prizes and “for honor.”
- Herding demonstrations
- Fencing (with swords)
- Celtic harps, fiddles and tunes
- Celtic rock bands Albannach (means “Scotsmen”) and Rathkeltair (locals from Jacksonville Beach)
And Then There’s The Food
If visions of haggis (sheep’s belly) make you gag even though it’s the national dish of Scotland, treat yourself to a Scotch egg – a hard-boiled egg wrapped in a thick layer of pork sausage then rolled in bread crumbs or Corn Flakes® and deep fried.
Your garnishes are mustard and savory pickle, like dill pickle relish
Or maybe you’ll have the shortbread and some tea.
Tuck Up Your Tartan
Yep, festivals goers are invited and encourage to wear tartans.
Underpants are optional under kilts.
Don’t miss the floor show.
17th Annual Scottish Games & Festival
- Sat., Feb. 25, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Admission: $12, Kids under 10 FREE, FREE parking
- Clay County Fairgrounds
- 2497 State Road 16 West
- Green Cove Springs, Florida
- Phone: 904.725.5744
- E-Mail: email@example.com
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