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This year we will be including a women's division with Ferguson Cup Award Trophies! Awards will be presented Sunday to the champion in both of the Women's and Men's Divisions, as a culmination of our weekend!

2015 Highland Games
Saturday, August 22nd: Class A Heavy Athletics
Sunday, August 23rd: Women and Masters

Caber Toss

Braemer and Open Stone

Men and Masters:
Braemar 23 pounds
Open 16 pounds

Braemar 16 pounds
Open 9 pounds

Weight for Distance, Heavy and Light

Heavy 56 pounds (4 stones) Light 28 pounds (2 stones)

Heavy 42 pounds (3 stones)
Light 28 pounds (2 stones)

Heavy 28 Pounds (2 stones)
Light 14 pounds (1 stone)

Scottish Hammer, Heavy and Light

Mens and Masters:
Heavy Hammer 22 pounds
Light 16 pounds

Heavy Hammer 16 pounds
Light 12 pounds

Sheaf Toss

Men and Masters:
16 pounds

12 pounds

Heavy Weight for Height

56 pounds

42 pounds

28 pounds

Highland Games Details

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Braemar and Open Stone
Braemar is a heavy stone that is thrown while the feet are planted. The Open Stone is slightly lighter and is thrown with a spin or glide, very similar to Olympic shotput.

Weight for Distance, Heavy and Light
These are weights thrown with one hand for distance. Most athletes use 2 spins to build momentum to heave the weights. It is thrown out of a 9 foot by 4 foot box. The weights for this event are measured in "stones" Which 1 stone is equal to 14 pounds.

Scottish Hammer, Heavy and Light
Unlike Olympic Hammer where it is ball and a wire and the thrower is allowed to spin, Scottish hammer is a stationary event where the athlete whips the hammer around his head. The Scottish hammer consists of a heavy ball and shaft instead of a wire. Also, some athletes will wear custom boot with spikes on the end to keep themselves anchored to the ground.

Sheaf Toss
The sheaf is a weighted canvas bag that is thrown with a pitch fork. Unlike the first 6 events which are thrown for distance, sheaf is one of two events thrown for height. An athlete is given three tries at each height. If you miss your three attempts you are out of the event. Once you have cleared the height the bar is raised higher.

Heavy Weight for Height
This event uses the same heavy weight from the distance event, but on a shortened chain. The athlete uses one hand to throw the heavy weight over the bar. Judged the same as Sheaf.

Caber Toss
The caber is the most unique and most identifiable event in the games. The caber is unique in the fact that it is judged based on accuracy not on distance or height. The Caber is a straight cut down tree varying in lengths and weight, depending on the competition, The typical mens caber is from 18 to 21 feet and length and ranging in weight anywhere from 90 to 200 pounds. The event is judged by an official who stands behind the athlete and judges the straightness of the throw. The straightness is judged on the face of a clock. The athlete throws from 6 O' clock and he tries to flip the end in his hand to land in between 9 and 3 O' clock. 12 O' clock is a perfect throw.



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