Friday, July 24, 2009

Men in Kilts!!

Men in Kilts!! So sweet!! What a sight for sore eyes!!

I love going to this Skagit Valley Games. It's a Scottish festival and not only they have a fair, but all sort of events. Tess and Lucy ran in the sheepdog event. I'll post that in another blog.

This is the Caper Tossing. Men tossing large logs about!!

Doesn't this look like a small telephone pole?

The caber is a pole about 18 feet long weighing about 115-130 pounds. The competitor holds the caber upright by its thin end and throws it so that it lands on its heavy end and flips over. The throw is not judged on distance, but direction with the tin end falling away from the competitor.

This is the Sheaf Toss. The sheaf toss is a traditional Scottish event. A pitchfork is used to hurl a burlap bag stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar. The typical weight for the bag is 16 pounds They are allowed three chances to cleanly go over the bar. After all competitors are successful, the bar is raised and all successful competitors move on a higher height. This continues until all but one competitor is eliminated.

Next year, we will have to take more pictures.

Photos by Janet Thorpe.

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