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The Savannah Scottish Games: Where History and the Present Meet

The Savannah Scottish Games: Where History and the Present Meet

๐๐ฒ ๐‚๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง

 The 46th Annual Savannah Scottish Games will be held May 4, 2024, at Bethesda Academy at Savannah, Georgia. As you enter Bethesdaโ€™s beautiful, spacious grounds overlooking the Moon River, be prepared to spend the day enjoying a variety of entertainment for the entire family.

Heavy athletes who like to throw heavy things compete in seven events, including the famous ๐‚๐š๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐“๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ.

Next, take in the ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ at the dance venue. The best southeastern U.S. Highland dancers are competing for slots at the nationals, and will demonstrate the strength and beauty of this ancient method of testing warriorsโ€™ stamina and agility before, and after, battle.

๐๐ข๐ฉ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง returns to the games this year. The thrilling and haunting music of the bagpipe is the soul of Scotland. Coupled with the drums, the sound of bagpipes becomes even more enthralling.

๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ can also enjoy phenomenal performances by bands including North of Argyll, Lochlann, and Junkfield Monkey Stew (Stewart & Winfield, Junkyard Angel, Monkey Man: A Stones Band). North of Argyll plays upbeat Celtic fusion music with great visual delivery and retelling of the history of the stories behind the songs. Lochlannโ€™ musicians sing and harmonize Celtic songs accompanied by fiddles, recorders, flutes, guitars, and the bodhran.

The Savannah Scottish Games also has many ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ. They may encounter Zephyr, a mythical fairy, and then listen to a wide selection of Scottish tales. Children can participate in golf, hockey, a sheaf toss, caber toss, haggis hurl, stone throw, welly toss, and a sack race. A childrenโ€™s kilted run is held on the athletic field. Lads and lassies are also offered a Games Passport at the front gate to be redeemed for a prize at the information tent.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ are always crowd favorites!

The Shire of Fort Castle makes ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž through medieval activities, such as armed combat, dance, and juggling. You can learn ancient arts like calligraphy, armoring, and metalworking. Clan Nom Con bring Scottish Highlanders of the 1736-1746 era so watch out for these Scottish Highlanders because they were known as some of the best soldiers in the world!

If youโ€™ve ever wondered if you have a bit of the Scots in you or are interested in a specific clan or clans, visit the many ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ surrounding the Scottish Games arena. Thereโ€™s also a genealogy tent to help trace your family tree.

The Savannah Scottish Games also has ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž vendors offering traditional Scottish foods, American foods, sweets, craft beers, and mead. The ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ญ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž has 15 plus vendors who sell Celtic goods including a T-shirt commemorating the event.

๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐๐š๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ’! ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ–:๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“ ๐š.๐ฆ. ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฒ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ’:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ ๐ฉ.๐ฆ. Visit for more information.