Friday, January 15, 2016
Haggis and hernias: Scottish Highland Games return to Winter Springs this weekend
By Thaddeus McCollum
on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 6:24 AM
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16-17 | Central Winds Park, 1000 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs | flascot.com
| $20-$25 Saturday, $15-$20 Sunday
Sponsored by the Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, these annual games mostly involve moving heavy shit, whether that means lifting a boulder and carrying it as far as you can or trying to chuck a telephone pole end over end, but the real fun happens on the adjacent field, where Highland dancing, bagpipers, border collies and other entertainments abound. There’s a slew of heritage tents where you’re invited to learn about your Scottish roots (if you have them), meet very distant relatives, and read through Scottish history and maps of various famous clans. There’s even a real-life quidditch tournament, which consists of possibly stoned college kids chucking balls at each other while holding brooms between their legs. Bring cash, as there’s no point being Scottish and sober at the same time and you’ll want to refill your pitcher from Dunedin Brewery’s taps multiple times without getting hit by ATM fees.
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