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January 4, 2020
Piping at the Mansion
The McHenry Mansion
906 15th St.

Early 2020
Robert Burns Supper

April, 2020
Tartan Day

May 3, 2020
Kirkin O' the Tartan
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1528 Oakdale Rd.

June, 2020
Campbell Scholarship Mini-Golf Tournament
4307 Coffee Rd.

October, 2020
Modesto International Festival
Modesto Junior College
East Campus
435 College Ave.

October, 2020
Central Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Stanislaus County Fairfounds
900 N Broadway.


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Heavy Athletics

Registration for competitors is now open.
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The Central Valley Highland Games are also host to the California State Championships for Heavy Athletics this year.

Photo by John Nelson

Putting the Stone

These are 2 similar events, common to the modern-day shot put. The “Braemar Stone” uses a 20–26 lb stone for men (13–18 lb. for women) and does not allow any run up to the toeboard or “trig” to deliver the stone, i.e., it is a standing put. In the “Open Stone” using a 16–22 lb. stone for men (or 8–12 lb. for women), the thrower is allowed to use any throwing style so long as the stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release.

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Scottish Hammer Throw

A round metal ball is attached to a 4 foot long handle. The hammer is spun around the athlete's head and thrown for distance. The light hammer weighs 16 lb for men and 12 lb for women. The heavy hammer weighs 22 lb for men and 16 lb for women.

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Weight for Distance

There are two classes of this event; the light event (28 lb for men and 14 lb for women) and the heavy event (56 lb for men, 42 lb for masters men, and 28 lb for women). The metal weights have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. Only one hand is used. The longest throw wins.

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Caber Toss

The athlete balances a long tapered log vertically, holding the smaller end in their hands. They then run forward, attempting to toss it end over end, with the larger end hitting the ground first. A perfect toss is achieved when the smaller end lands at a 12 o'clock position, relative to the direction of the throw. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber.

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Weight for Height

An attempt is made to toss a 56 pound weight (4 stone) over a high bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie scores.

Sheaf Toss

A bundle of straw (the sheaf) weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) for the men and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for the women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over The Bar.