Come and compete in the Ancient Highland Games & Edged Weapons Competitions!
Men's and women's classes ~ masters, amateurs and novices welcome.
Pre Registration preferred - Save $5 if you register by April 15! Please fill out the below form and return per instructions.
Event Day Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 on the day of the event $30, includes t-shirt while supplies last. If you plan on registering the day of the event, shoot us an e-mail so we know. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to the EMHG main event, there will a grounds clean up day with edged weapons practice following. The dates and times will be announced on the EMHG Facebook page.
Dry Camping is available at no additional charge for athletes, Please notify us if you are planning to camp.
**Note: Please choose either Edged Weapons or Heavy Athletics competition, at this time we are unable to have a single athlete compete in both competitions.
Here is the Adult Registration form.
Here is the Youth Registration form.
Heavy Athletics - Men & Women
Saturday April 27th
Men & Women 9:30 a.m. Events: Open Stone, Braemar Stone, Light and Heavy Weight for Distance, Light and Heavy Hammers, Weight for Height, and Caber Toss
Edged Weapons Competition - Men & Women
Saturday April 27th & Sunday April 28th
9:00 am Lord of the Isles -Edged Weapons Course: Competitors will get 2 throws with a spear, ax and knife. With a sword they will slice through 7 hanging and moving targets. On the timed Archery course, they will have 1 minute to shoot 6 arrows at a running Boar, a Bear, and a Deer. Archers will need 6 arrows. The Champion will be awarded the title of Lord of the Isles and presented with a custom prize. There will also be a prize for the highest scoring woman competitor.
*All competitors will pay a fee of $30.00 to compete for both days, this price includes an event t-shirt and free camping if you choose to stay overnight.
What should I bring?
All competitors will need a traditional longbow (no compound bows allowed), 6 arrows, a sword, a knife and a throwing axe. Competition is divided into three competitive categories: archery, hand artillery and a sword course. Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring of both Saturday and Sunday.
*Note: Swords must be a minimum of 16" long and a wrist lanyard is required for the sword course.
Do I need to wear a kilt to compete?
All athletes on the field for Heavy Athletics will compete in kilt and hose.
Youth Athletic Events
10:30 a.m Open Stone, Caber Toss, Farmer's Carry, Tug of War, Knife Throwing and more.
Youth Edged Weapons: This is a free event held Saturday only. Competition begins at 2:00 pm and will consist of Archery, axe and spear throwing. Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors. Parents must be present and sign a waiver prior to completion. All children up to and including 17 years old, may compete in the youth games.
Description of Heavy Athletic Events cited from Wikipedia
- Caber toss: A long tapered pine pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands. Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper (larger) end striking the ground first. The smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o'clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber. Cabers vary greatly in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of which affect the degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o'clock toss on an imaginary clock.
- Stone put: This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. There are also some differences from the Olympic shot put in allowable techniques. There are two versions of the stone toss events, differing in allowable technique. The "Braemar Stone" uses a 20–26 lb stone for men (13–18 lb for women) and does not allow any run up to the toeboard or "trig" to deliver the stone, i.e., it is a standing put. In the "Open Stone" using a 16–22 lb stone for men (or 8–12 lb for women), the thrower is allowed to use any throwing style so long as the stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release. Most athletes in the open stone event use either the "glide" or the "spin" techniques.
- Scottish hammer throw: This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball (weighing 16 or 22 lb for men or 12 or 16 lb for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood, bamboo, rattan, or plastic. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one's head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.
- Weight over the bar, also known as weight for height. The athletes attempt to toss a 56 pound (4 stone) weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie scores.
- Weight throw, also known as the weight for distance event. There are actually two separate events, one using a light (28 lb for men and 14 lb for women) and the other a heavy (56 lb for men, 42 lb for masters men, and 28 lb for women) weight. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.