Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 28 & 29, 2014

 

41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games, Vista, California

 

The two day event will feature activities and entertainment for all ages including sheepdog demonstrations and trials, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, Scottish vendors, Scottish foods and beers, bag piping and drumming competitions, Clan tents, children’s activities, concerts and more.

 

 

Vista, California (April 14, 2014) - The 41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans will be held on June 28 & 29, 2014 at the Brengle Terrance Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA.

 

Entertainment will feature Wicked Tinkers, Highland Way, Men of Worth, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.

 

Visitors will find vendors of everything Scottish: foods, arts & crafts, Massed Bagpipe Bands, Scottish athletics, Highland dancing competition, drum major, bag piping and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, Scottish country dancing, and fun for the kids.  

 

Gates open at 9am each day.  Closing ceremonies with the Massed Pipe Bands daily at 4:45pm.

 

Pre sale ticket prices are Adults $13 per day.  Seniors & Military $8 per day.  Youth age 6 to 16 $5 per day.  Pay pre sale online via PayPal at www.sdhighlandgames.org.


Vista is located in northwestern San Diego County. Visit www.sdhighlandgames.org or call 760-726-3691 or 619-884-2940.  sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net

 

 

The pipes and drums are arguably the most popular attraction at Highland games. The skirl of pipes and swirl of kilts, majestic drum majors and pageantry of massed bands abound. In addition to competitions the San Diego Games offer opportunities for "playing for critique" and one-on-one instruction from some of the finest pipers in the world.   

 

History of the Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans

When celebrating in times of peace one of the Highlanders' favorite pastimes was the tainchel. For these "great hunts" very often several clans would combine. Chieftains would send word to the clansmen that such an event was planned and when and where they should assemble.


After a successful hunt a great feast and celebration would be held. Then the rival clansmen would test each other's prowess at various sports -running, jumping, wrestling, or primitive forms of weight putting with stones, or divided into roughly equal sides vying against each other in a very early form of camanachd (Gaelic) or shinty (a team game played with sticks and a ball). Lastly the clansmen would vie with each other in piping and in dancing, the pipers taking it in turns to demonstrate their skills and the clansmen to demonstrate their agility and neatness of movement by dancing complicated steps to the pipe music. These relaxations were in effect the forerunners of the modern Highland games.

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: James Lewis

Email: sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 760-726-3691

 

San Diego Scottish Highland Games

POB 3682, Vista, California, 92084

Web: www.sdhighlandgames.org

 

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41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games, Vista, California

Vista, California - The 41st Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans will be held on June 28 & 29, 2014 at the Brengle Terrance Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA. Entertainment will feature Wicked Tinkers, Highland Way, Men of Worth, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. Visitors will find vendors of everything Scottish: foods, arts & crafts, Massed Bagpipe Bands, Scottish athletics, Highland dancing competition, drum major, bag piping and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, Scottish country dancing, and fun for the kids. Gates open at 9am each day. Closing ceremonies with the Massed Pipe Bands daily at 4:45pm.   Pre sale ticket prices are Adults $13 per day.  Seniors & Military $8 per day.  Youth age 6 to 16 $5 per day.  Pay pre sale online via PayPal at www.sdhighlandgames.org. Vista is located in northwestern San Diego County. Visit www.sdhighlandgames.org or call 760-726-3691 or 619-884-2940.  sdshgchief@sbcglobal.net.   

 

 

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