Champion showdown scheduled for Scottish games

The annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival will return April 15, 16 and 17, and the competition is already heating up.

Huntersville native Eric Frasure will return to defend his world-record sheaf toss, and he will challenge Larry Brock, the 2010 International Highland Games Federation Heavy Events World Champion.

Frasure and Brock will compete against other professional athletes in events such as sheaf toss, caber toss, 6-pound hammer throw, 28-pound weight throw, clachneart, 56-pound weight toss for height, 56-pound weight throw for distance and 22-pound hammer throw.

The festival begins with a Class A amateur heavy athletic competition on April 15, with the remaining amateur classes competing the next day. Professional athletic competition takes place April 16 and 17, and professional demonstrations also take place on Sunday.

In addition to amateur and professional Scottish athletics, the festival offers piping and drumming, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, harp and fiddle competitions, children’s activities, demonstrations and Rural Hill’s historic encampment. Returning this year are the Kids Zone with bungee Flex Flying and bounce houses, and the popular Celtic rock music stage including the Saturday evening concert.

Find more information on the 18th annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, including advance ticket purchases and registration, at the Rural Hill website, www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net.

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