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Competitors at the first annual Highland Games, held at The Barn in Harpers Ferry, prepare for ax throwing. Courtesy photo

HARPERS FERRY – The barn at Harpers Ferry hosted what was to be the first of an annual Highland Games event last Saturday.

The event, held this year to raise funds for the Friendship Fire Company, brought together contestants – many in kilt – taking part in games, including ax and barrel throwing and battle sticks. Participants also took part in a caber throw, where they had to flip a tall, tapered pole vertically.

The Traditional Highland Games are events held in the spring and summer in Scotland and other countries to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture. The local interpretation of the Highland Games focused more on physical competitions. Traditionally, bagpipe and percussion competitions, as well as dance, are included in the games. Often, traditional games include entertainment and displays related to aspects of Scottish culture.

“We are grateful to be included in the first Highland Games“, said Chris Higdon, president of Friendship Fire Company. “We especially thank Chad and Carrie Gauthier, owners of the barn, for their good neighborliness and for including us in the games.

“We will make good use of the funds and give them directly back to the community as we do with all the donations we receive” Higdon said.

The Gauthier’s hope to make the Highland Games an annual fundraising event for charities and local organizations in need of financial support.

Dozens of visitors flocked to the area to watch the games and cheer on their favorite kilted competitor.

“It was a perfect day with wonderful weather and great bluegrass music, topped with men in kilt showing off their skills,” said participant Ranale Jones.

“The Barn hosted a family event with many people enjoying music, refreshments and games”, Jones continued. “Two bald eagles even made an appearance.”

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