One thing I love about our new town is every weekend there are things happening. It makes it easier to really get to know Myrtle Beach. This weekend was the Highland Games. Every year the week after St. Patty’s Day, the games take place at The Market Commons. This year was the second year of the games and it was easy to see that this tradition is going to continue for years to come!
So grab your clan and don your kilt…it’s time for the Highland Games!
We got to the games around 11am. As you walk to the entrance you walk by the British Car Show. Old MGs and Minis line the path to the entrance. I’ve always loved the Mini Cooper. I found a red one that would be perfect for me!
Entrance to the games was about $15 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under get in for free. I was a little off-put by the price of entry but once we were in I could see why. During the games they have all sorts of events, musical performances and tons of food vendors!
The first event we saw was the Weight for Height. It’s where participants toss a weight over a bar using only one hand. The catch is the bar goes higher and higher as the competition goes on. The guys competing were DIE HARDS!
We grabbed some Sheppard’s Pie from one of the food trucks and sat down to enjoy it. It was more of a Cottage pie since it was made with beef but it was just as delicious!
All of a sudden a band wearing kilts appeared in front of where we were sitting. They began to play. It was the perfect space to sit and watch the live music while we enjoyed our lunch. In the middle of their performance a guy stepped into the middle of their circle and proposed to his girlfriend. It was really cool to witness! She said yes of course!
We headed over to the border collie demonstration field where a young collie was herding sheep. Her owner gave her commands as she managed the herd. It was pretty neat to see. If only Gus could be that disciplined!
The game is also home to each clan and society. They each have their own tents with information about their clan. As you walked around you also noticed that most participants sport kilts. I tried to persuade Judd to buy one. He was not interested!
Overall, the Highland Games were quite fun! They had a lot of activities and entertainment for all ages. We plan on going next year!