Highland Games

Once again this year , we will be doing a Highland games demonstration with fair goers having the opportunity to try some of the events under the supervision of Highland games competitors. Some of this year’s events will include the caber toss, stone put, and the weight throw.

The Highland Games originated in Scotland reportedly from King Malcolm III of Scotland, in the 11th century, who wanted to choose a royal messenger.

He had contestants compete on various feats of strength to pick the best man. It was so entertaining that they have continued for centuries.

Centuries ago, when the Highland games began in Scotland, the events focused on athletic and sports competitions, from dance to tugs of war. The same is true today.

The first Highland Games in the USA took place in 1836. Since then the Games have only grown; today there are over 200 annual Highland Games and gatherings across just the US, Canada and the UK.


Highland dance

Highland dancing is a competitive and technical dance form requiring technique, stamina, and strength, and is recognized as a sport by the Sport Council of Scotland.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet. It is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

​Highland Dance Albuquerque is the organizer of the Highland Dance competition.

Highland Dance

Tug O’ War

Tug O’War Rules

1) 6 person teams
2) All teams must compete with original members.
There will be no substitutions for any reason once the
competition has begun
3) No steel cleats allowed
4) Gloves may be worn
5) Wrapping the rope around your waist or arm is not allowed

Entry fee – $45.00 per team

Open teams can include men and women.

​Open class prizes are:

First place – supplied by Osprey Packs
Second place – 6 gift certificates from Main Street Brewery
Third place – 6 Cortez Celtic Fair T-shirts

​Like last year, we will be having kid’s tug o’ war. All kids that participate will get a treat.

For Entry information contact: karamck@q.com

Tug O' War