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Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

Visit www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net or more information about the event.


HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville will hold its 20th annual Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games on April 20–21.

One of Rural Hill’s biggest events of the year, the games will play host to several family-fun events, including traditional Scottish field competitions, bagpiping and dancing.

The games will play host to one of the most highly acclaimed bagpipes bands in the world, the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Below is a schedule of events.

Saturday, April 20

8 a.m. – Individual piping and drumming competition

8:30 a.m. – Highland dancing competition

9 a.m. – Ultra Trail Five K Trail Race

9:30 a.m. – Competition in professional Scottish heavy athletics

10 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies – Presentation of the honored guest with the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish American Military Society Post #1775 and the 78th Fraser Highlanders

Following Opening ceremonies:

The kilt dedication in front of the Clan Henderson tent

Celtic entertainment in the music tents

Professional scottish heavy athletics competition

11 a.m. – The Scottish country dancing tent opens with dancing until 3 p.m.

Carolinas open premier highland dancing competition

12 p.m. – Heavy stone lift & carry

Massed pipe bands performance.

12:30 p.m. – Flag retirement ceremony on the main field

1 p.m. – Single malt whisky seminar at the barn in dogwood glen

1:30 p.m. – Sheep herding demonstration

Long bow competition

1:45 p.m. – Registration closes for amateur wrestling

2 p.m. – Pipe band competition on the main field

Amateur wrestling competition

Women's Amateur battle axe competition

Scottish country dancing for beginners until 3 p.m.

3 p.m. – Men's amateur battle axe competition

4 p.m. – Ferguson rifle demonstration on the main field

4:30 p.m. – Presentation of medals & awards for pipe bands & scottish athletic competitions

6:30 p.m. until – Celtic entertainment in the chief's tent

8 p.m. until – Scottish country dancing gala for Hopewell Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 21

8 a.m. – Field opens at Rural Hill 

Registration for amateur heavy athletics

9 a.m.-12 p.m.– Qualifying for amateur heavy athletics

Registration for kilted mile at the athletic tent

9 a.m. – Worship service at the Rural Hill burying ground

Highland dancing competition in the chief's tent

10 a.m. – Practice throws at the battle axe pit until 11:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – Celtic entertainment in the Celtic rock & traditional music tents

11 a.m. – Best clan tent award presentation by Anvil Artistry

12 p.m. – The Parade of Tartans and massed bands performance

12-2 p.m. – Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations & instructions

12:30 p.m. – Amateur Scottish athletic competition resumes

1 p.m.  – Kilted Mile

Tug–o–War (Clan Teams)

1:30 p.m. – Sheep herding demonstration with Dr. Ben Ousley

2 p.m. – Single malt whisky seminar in the Scottish country-dancing tent

2:30 p.m. – Battle axe challenge match – entry fee for the prize pot

3 p.m. – Flag retirement ceremony on main field

3:15 p.m. – Raffle drawing

4 p.m. – Presentation of awards at the reviewing stand

4:30 p.m. – Closing ceremonies at the Cairn with singing of Auld Lang Syne