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Photos from ‘Highlands at the ‘Burg’

May 1, 2012

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Andrew Mather, a senior studying photography with a media emphasis at the University of Central Missouri, attended the Highlands at the ‘Burg on Saturday, April 28 at the Johnson County Fair Grounds.

The festival featured many events such as: traditional Scottish games, sheep herding demonstrations, a parade and battle re-enactments.

The Scottish games included: the Braemer Stone Throw, Weight Throw, Hammer Throw, Weight over Bar Throw, Sheaf Throw (A bundle of straw or twine usually weighing between 14-20 pounds wrapped in burlap thrown over a bar using a pitchfork) and the Caber Toss (Caber is Gaelic for Tree).

At noon, there was a small parade that marched around the grounds. This parade featured Bagpipers, Scottish Clan members, athletes, re-enactors and the Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps of Central High School from Springfield, Mo.

Inside the pavilion, people could eat lunch and enjoy performances by bands playing Scottish music and even participate in Scottish dance demonstrations.

There was a small petting area with a Scottish cow and a horse. Children (and adults) could get their photos taken with these animals, the athletes or even go into “battle” with one of the re-enactors. Photos submitted by Andrew Mather.

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