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Story last updated at 5:14 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Highland games offer unique sporting opportunities Saturday

Experts and novices alike are invited to compete in the 2011 Homer Highland Games, held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park on Fairview Avenue. Heavy games events include the kilted mile, tug-o-war and a wide variety of throwing events, including the halibut throw.

Registration for athletic events begins at 7 a.m. Field registration is open until 8:30 a.m. for all throwing events and 10:30 a.m. for tug-o-war and kilted mile. Pre-registration is available online, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, City Hall clerk's office, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society and the Homer Public Library. The entry fee is $25 per adult participant.

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.

The games also will feature three visiting pipe and drum bands and dancing in the Scottish tradition. The Homer Volunteer Fire Member Association will provide food as a fundraiser for their organization. Gates open for general admission at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-15 and free for children under 5. Volunteers are still needed. There will be a volunteer meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Alice's Champagne Palace.

A free throwing clinic is offered noon-3 p.m. Friday at Karen Hornaday Park. For more information, call 299-8821 or visit homerhighlandgames.com.