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Events
2019
January 5
Piping at the Mansion
The McHenry Mansion
906 15th St.
Modesto

 
February 22
Robert Burns Supper
The Fruit Yard
7948 Yosemite Blvd.
Modesto

 
April 6
Tartan Day
McClatchy Square
15th St & I St.
Modesto

 
April 12
International Day of the Child
Denair Elementary Charter Academy
3773 Madera Ave.
Denair

 
May 5
Kirkin O' the Tartan
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1528 Oakdale Rd.
Modesto

 
June 1
Campbell Scholarship Mini-Golf Tournament
Funworks
4307 Coffee Rd.
Modesto

 
July 27
Breakfast Fundraiser
Fuddruckers
3848 McHenry Ave.
Modesto

 
September 28
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Wolff's Den
Modesto

 
October 5
Modesto International Festival
Modesto Junior College
East Campus
435 College Ave.
Modesto

 
October 11
Family Friday
Carnegie Arts Center
250 N. Broadway
Turlock

 
October 19
Central Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Stanislaus County Fairfounds
900 N Broadway.
Turlock

 
October 27
Kirkin O' the Tartan
Trinity United Presbyterian Church
1600 Carver Rd.
Modesto

 
November
Saint Andrew's Day Event
TBD

 

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Heavy Athletics

Registration for competitors is now open.
Visit here to sign up.

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.

Photo by John Nelson

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.

Photo by John Nelson

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.

Photo by John Nelson

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.

Photo by John Nelson

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.