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Story last updated at 4:01 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Highland Games return Saturday



Photo by Michael Armstrong

Hal Shepherd throws the Braemar stone in the Homer Highland Games as judge Eric Ettesvold watches.

The Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Second Annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans returns for another day of traditional Scottish games and culture.

Experts and novices can compete in the games, held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park on Fairview Avenue. Events include the sheaf toss, the caber toss, the hammer throw, the kilted mile and tug-o-war. Vendors also offer food and other items.

The Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums, Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band and Crow Creek Pipes and Drums also play at the games. A concert is at 7 p.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church.

Registration for athletic events starts at 8:30 a.m. Field registration is open until 9:30 a.m. for all throwing events and 11:30 a.m. for the kilted mile and 3:30 p.m. for the tug-of-war. North American Scottish Games Athletics rules apply to heavy events and kilts are required in professional, open, masters' and women's classes and the kilted mile.

Pre-registration is available online or pick up forms at Captain's Coffee and downstairs at Homer City Hall. The entry fee is $25 per adult participant. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-15 and free for children under 5.

For more information, visit www.homerhighlandgames.com or call Robert Archibald at 299-0852 and Renee Krause at (907) 953-6546.