Celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture with the rich tradition of athletic competitions at the fourth annual Bitterroot Valley Highland Games in Stevensville on Saturday, March 30.
Organizer Garrett Middleton said competition begins at 10 a.m.
“Anyone can register on the field at 9 a.m. and anyone can compete,” he said. “If it is their first time, we only charge them $20 (experienced athletes pay $30). This is a great smaller games that give an idea of what the Highland Games are all about.”
These Highland Games have nine events for men and women, including a light and heavy hammer throw, two stone throws (similar to shot put), heavy and light weight for distance, weight over bar and sheaf toss (pitch fork and burlap bag).
“That’s spelled s-h-e-a-f — we don’t throw sheep — and then there is the crowd favorite, the caber toss,” Middleton said.
Kids Highland Game registration is at 12:30 p.m., practice is at 1 p.m. and kids play for free.
“The adults will take the kids around some of the events, show them how it’s done and the kids can take a few practice throws with lighter implements,” Middleton said.
Highland Games for adult completion resumes at 1:30 p.m. with the last event, the caber toss at 4 p.m.
Awards are at 5:30 p.m.
Middleton said there will be five nonprofits in attendance.
“Pantry Partners of Stevensville will have a donation table set up, and we ask people bring one nonperishable item to help out the community,” Middleton said. “The Stevensville VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1507) will be there to discuss their organization and recruit new members. Cub Scouts will come on Sunday to clean up the park if there is any trash left behind. The Bitterroot Celtic Society will be there to promote their games in the fall and also will provide heritage information, Celtic culture and events around the valley.”
Food and drink are available throughout the day from local food and beverage vendors. The event is free to the public, but bringing one nonperishable item to help the community is appreciated.
“The whole family can come and hopefully some of the snow is gone and kids can play around on the Bear Mountain Playground,” Middleton said.
The family event will be at Lewis & Clark Park, West Second Street, in Stevensville. For more information, call 406-381-0370 or Facebook bitterroothighlandgames.