Schedule of Events

Tentative and Subject to Change

For Celtic music schedule please click here

Friday, April 7th

6:15 Patrons & Sponsors Reception at the Chief’s Tent at Rural Hill
8:00 The Call of the Clans
8:00 Scottish Country Dancing - Welcome Dance at Hopewell Presbyterian Church

Saturday, April 8th

7:30 Piping and Drumming registration begins
8:00 Field opens - Registration for Amateur Scottish Athletic events (at Heavy Athletics Tent)
Piping & Drumming competition begins
8:30 Highland Dancing competition begins
9:00 Registration for Battle Axe competition
9:30 Professional, “A” Amateur, and Women’s Heavy Athletic Competitions begin
10:00 OPENING CEREMONIES - Presentation of the Honored Guests with the Loch Norman Pipe Band, Scottish American Military Society Post #1775 and the 78th Fraser Highlanders (on the Main Field)
Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent)
11:00 The Scottish Country Dancing Tent opens w/ dancing until 3:00 pm
Carolinas Open Premier Highland Dancing competition begins
Kilt Dedication  (at Clan Henderson Tent)
11:45 Lecture in the Cultural Center: Building a Foundation for Scottish Gaelic Studies in the US
12:00 Heavy Stone Lift & Carry (on the Main Field)
Massed Pipe Bands performance (on the Main Field)
12:30 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field)
1:30 Pipe Band Competition
Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field)
Long Bow competition (Historic Encampment)
Scottish Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)*
1:45 Registration closes for Amateur Wrestling
2:00 Amateur Wrestling competition (on Main Field)
Women’s Battle Axe competition
2:45 Lecture in the Cultural Center: Ed Miller on Robert Burns
3:00 Men’s Battle Axe competition
3:30 Tug-of-War begins on the Athletic Field
3:30 Whiskies of the World (in the Cultural Center)*

Sunday, April 9th

8:00 Registration for Amateur Heavy Athletics at the Heavy Athletics Tent
9:00 Qualifying for Amateur Heavy Athletics begins
Registration for Kilted Mile at the Athletic Tent
Worship service at the Rural Hill Burying Ground (In Cultural Center in event of rain)
Highland Dancing competition begins
10:00 Practice throws at Battle Axe until 11:30
10:30 Celtic entertainment begins (Celtic Music Tent)
11:00 Best Clan Tent Award
11:30 Lecture in the Cultural Center: John Miles on the Jacobite Uprising
12:00  The Parade of Tartans and Massed Band Performance
12:00 Scottish Country Dancing tent opens with demonstrations and instructions
12:30 Amateur Scottish Athletic Competition
1:00 Kilted Races (on the Main Field)
1:30 Shepherding demonstration (on Main Field)
Scotch Whisky Seminar (in Cultural Center)*
2:30 Challenge Match at Battle Axe (entry fee required)
3:00 Flag Retirement Ceremony (on the Main Field)
Lecture in the Cultural Center: John Miles on the Vikings
4:00 Presentation of Awards at Reviewing Stand
4:30  Closing Ceremonies at the Cairn
6:00 Volunteer Muster**

*Additional Fee / Ticket Required
**All current LNHG and Rural Hill volunteers are invited to attend the muster, an appreciation ceremony of sorts.


Rural Hill , Center of Scottish Heritage
PO Box 1009 * Huntersville, NC 28070-1009
4431 Neck Road * Huntersville, N. C. 28078-8342
Office: 704.875.3113 * Fax: 704.875.3193

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