A first-ever event for Culpepper Park in Daleville is set for Sept. 18.
The Fifth Annual Southeast Alabama Highland Games and Scottish Heritage Festival will be held for the first time in Daleville, said Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton. “We are happy to welcome them here.”
Billed as an event “where kudzu and kilts collide,” the games were started in the Wiregrass in 2016 by the Twisted Kilt Society.
“It was an event to behold,” said Scott Johnson, athletic director and president of the Southeast Alabama Highland Games. “The first event had over 1,000 people in attendance and it has grown since then.”
At the most recent family friendly event, 4,200 visitors and 46 Scottish Clans attended.
“We will feature all the traditional Highland Games events, including the caber toss, sheaf toss, Scottish hammer throw, weight for height and stone throw,” Johnson said. “We encourage everyone to come out if only to see the games and watch the demonstrations that will be going on.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. with official opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. A large collection of food and merchandise vendors will also be available for event-goers to peruse as they watch the athletics. “We will have activities and story times for the kids to enjoy, in addition to the kids’ athletics—which are a staged down version of the competition to let the younglings try it out for themselves.”
Also present at the event will be the Friends of Army Aviation, is a non-profit public education organization dedicated to presenting the Army Aviation story through static displays of legacy Army aircraft and an opportunity to ride a UH-1 Huey helicopter.
The Scottish Clans are another important part of the event which runs until 5 p.m., Johnson said. “Not sure if you have Scottish heritage? Come by the Scottish Clan’s tents to meet with them and see what clan you may be a part of and learn some history.
“The Southeast Alabama Highland Games, or known to some as the Wiregrass Highland Games, began as an idea that developed during a sit-down around the Twisted Kilt Society table,” Johnson said. “That idea has grown into the Southeast Alabama Highland Games, the aim of which is to enrich our community by providing an educational, family friendly event.”