Virginia Scottish Games

Virginia Scottish Games

Fourth weekend in July
Alexandria, Virginia, was founded by Scotsmen in 1749 and named for Scottish merchant John Alexander. The city celebrates its Scottish heritage with a two-day Celtic country fair featuring bagpipe bands, world-class athletes, Celtic dancers, a national fiddling championship, and an international harp competition.
One of the most colorful attractions is the Highland dancing, which involves hundreds of competitors ranging in age from preschoolers to adults. The highlight of the athletic contests is the caber toss, which is part of a seven-event competition known as the Highland Heptathlon. These contests trace their origins to the ancient Highland Games of northern Scotland, where military chiefs demonstrated their strength at annual clan gatherings.
See also Alma Highland Festival and Games; Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans
CONTACTS:
Virginia Scottish Games Association
3700 W. Braddock Rd.
P.O. Box 1338
Alexandria, VA 22313
703-912-1943
www.vascottishgames.org
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Founded by Scottish merchants in 1749, Alexandria is the hub for most of the Scottish events in the Washington, D.C., area: Virginia Scottish Games and Festival, a Taste of Scotland, Alexandria Scottish Heritage Festival, Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk, National Tartan Day Festival and Capitol Reception, Haggis Shoot, Tartan Ball, Bannockburn Feast, Kirkin' o' the Tartan at the National Cathedral, and at least three different Burns Nicht Suppers annually!

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