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Story last updated at 6:25 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Highland Games a hit

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


Photo by Michael Armstrong

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

Wind and rain added to the authenticity of the Homer Highland Games, presented by the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park.

While pipes and drums played, 12 men and women in skirts — some pleated and plaid, some recycled from yellow firefighting attire — stepped up to test their strength and agility in the games.

Highland games were traditionally held between Scottish farmers. Modern events are regulated by the North American Scottish Games Athletics.

Sean Fabanich cleaned up in the open division, taking first place in all eight events. Jimmy Johnson took second in the braemar stone, light weight for distance (WFD), light hammer, weight for height and caber. Jason Deane took second in the heavy hammer throw for third overall in the open events.

Homer volunteer firefighters Dan Miotke, Matthew Buchanan and Chris Cushman took a respective first, second and third in the novice division. Yasha Kahn also participated in the division.

Bret McDonald cleaned up in the masters' division, taking first in all but the open stone and the weight for height, where he took second. Nathan McFord was a solid second in the division.

Hal Shepherd of Homer competed for third, and first place novice category.

Kim McDonald, only female participant, took first place in all women's events.

Other events included the kilted mile, kilted half mile, the halibut toss, the salmon toss, rolling stones, rock and roll, chadboard caber, Celtic knots, Scottish rungs, sock rockets, chicken little, XtraTuf boot kick, hip boot fling and the tow strap tug.

Young and old are encouraged to join the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club. Members do not need to be of Scottish descent but they do need to like having fun. The club will meet in late August or early September. For more information contact Robert.e.archibald@gmail.com or 299-0852, brkrause6@ yahoo.com or 953-5646, or visit www.homerhighlandgames.com.

Video provided by Nina Faust