Clover Highland Games & Scots-Irish Festival
The Town of Clover proudly presents its 20th Annual Feis Chlobhair | Clover Highland Games & Scots-Irish Festival.
Festivities will begin with a traditional Céilí" (pronounced “Kay-lee”) on Friday evening, Nov 11th at the Larne Building, 103 N Main St, hosted by the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce. Visit the Chamber's Ceili Kick-off Party site for more information on Friday night's Céilí. Don't forget to reserve your ticket while there!DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE GREATER CLOVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS CANCELLED FRIDAY NIGHT'S CEILI. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED.
The festivities continue Saturday morning, Nov 12th with the start of the Highland Games & Scots-Irish Festival. Event starts at 9:00AM at Blue Eagle Academy, 300 Clinton Ave. Performances include the family favorite border collie demonstrations, Irish dancing, puppeteer & storyteller, pipe band performances and some good ole Celtic music. We will also feature food and merchandise vendors as well as the highly anticipated Southeastern Highland Athletics competitions. Festivities will culminate with a traditional bagpiper’s performance and athletics awards ceremony.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Ceremony9:30 - 10:00 Storytelling & Puppetry by Lona Bartlett10:00 - 10:30 Irish Dancers Performance10:30 - 11:00 Border Collies Demonstration by Joe Parham11:00 - 12:00 Musical Performance by Tom Eure12:00 - 12:30 Storytelling & Puppetry by Lona Bartlett12:30 - 1:00 Pipe Band Performance1:00 - 1:30 Border Collies Demonstration by Joe Parham1:30 - 2:00 Irish Dancers Performance2:00 - 2:30 TBD2:30 - 3:30 Musical Performance by Tom Eure3:30 - 4:00 Closing Ceremony / Awards Presentation
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We will be featuring music veteran Tom Eure at this year's festival. Tom is a singer/songwriter who will bring blends of folk, celtic, gospel, and early rock & roll. Tom is no stranger to Highland Games, having performed at the Grandfather Mountain Games, Savannah Highland Games, Charleston Highland Games, amongst others. Tom recently played at the Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival in TN. Tom is a thriving solo career with his 6th album ready to release. For more information, visit his website by clicking here.
STORYTELLER & PUPPETEER
Lona Bartlett is a puppeteer, storyteller, performance artist & educator. Lona is a decedent of John and Betty More who immigrated from Scotland to the Catskill Mountains of NY in 1772. The John More Association was formed and has cataloged more than 15,000 decedents, part of Clan Grant. Lona states, “I know exactly from whom I descended. I have a birth order number that shows me my line. It is exciting to find cousins all over the United States.” Lona now lives in Charlotte, NC and has been discovering her family ties to the Carolinas. Check out Lona's website!
SHAG (Southeastern Highland Athletics Group)* Clover Highland Games Schedule below. Games begin at 9:00 AM.
Athletes in four different divisions competing in nine athletics highland games:
Divisions:- A Class- B Class- Women’s- Masters (40+)Highland Games:1. Open Stone2. Braemar Stone3. Heavy Weight for Distance4. Light Weight for Distance5. Heavy Hammer6. Light Hammer7. Caber8. Sheaf9. Weight for Height or Weight Over Bar
Highland Games Descriptions
Open Stone – A stone put from a throwing area that measures 4ft, 6in wide by 7ft, 6in long. The stone must be put with one hand & with the stone remaining against the neck throughout the throw until the release. Any throwing style may be used as long as the rules are followed & the style is deemed safe by the judge. Stone Weights – Men 16-22 lb., Women 8-12 lb.
Braemar Stone – Same as the Open Stone, except the stone is heavier & the competitors must throw from a standing position with no approach allowed.Stone Weights – Men 20-26 lb., Women 13-18 lb.
Heavy Weight For Distance – A metal weight is thrown with one hand from a throwing area that measures 4ft, 6 in wide by 9ft long. The weight can be of various shapes & sizes, including spherical, bullet or box-shaped. The handle can either be attached directly to the weight or attached with a length of chain.Implement Weights – Men 56 lb., Women 28 lb., Masters/Novice 42 lb.
Light Weight For Distance – Same as the Heavy Weight for Distance, just lighter.Implement Weights – Men 28 lb., Women 14 lb.
Heavy Hammer – The hammer is a spherical metal head with a long handle of either PVC pipe or rattan attached. Maximum length is 50in. The hammer must be thrown with the feet in a fixed position, & no approach is allowed. Almost all competitors throw hammers with their back to the field, & release over their shoulder.Heavy Hammer Weights – Men 22 lb., Women 16 lb.
Light Hammer – Same as the Heavy Hammer, just lighter.Light Hammer Weights – Men 16 lb., Women 12 lb.
Caber – The caber is a wooden log that must be lifted & tossed, then points are awarded based on rotation or landing position. There is no standard size for a caber. Rule of thumb is at least half of the competitors must be able to turn it. Scoring the caber is a whole thing in & of itself. The short version is that you can score in two methods. The best method is to turn the caber completely over past 90 degrees & it lands. The landing position is scored as if on a clock face, with 12:00 being a perfect score. If you do not turn the caber past 90 degrees, you receive a score based on the angle you turned it to. Turns always beat non-turns.
Sheaf – A 16 or 20 lb. burlap bag of hay or twine is tossed with a pitchfork over a bar or standard. The goal is to toss it the highest. Each competitor gets 3 attempts at each height.Sheaf Weights – Pros 20 lb., &Amateur 16 or 20 lb., Masters 16 lb., Women 12 lb.
Weight for Height or Weight Over Bar – Similar to the sheaf in how it is contested, but the heavy weight is thrown overhead using one hand. Weights – Pros, Men A and Men B 56 lb., Masters 42 lb., Women 28 lb.
GAELIC FOOTBALL & HURLING
Oye!!! Lads and Lassies!!!! Check out some gaelic football & hurling at this year's Feis Chlobhair | Clover Highland Games & Scots-Irish Festival! Charlotte Gaelic Athletic Association will be coming out to put on a demonstration of Gaelic Football and Hurling. The Charlotte Gaelic Football league will be offering a youth clinic around 1:45 PM. Bring your kids and kilts out to have some fun.
Gaelic Football and Hurling are two traditional Irish sports which are fast-paced field sports consisting of two teams with 13-15 players on each.
Gaelic Football is similar to Australian Rules football. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goal (for 3 points) or between two upright posts (for 1 point). The ball used is round and slightly smaller than a soccer ball. It can be carried for four steps and then must be either; kicked, hand passed, bounced (but not twice in a row) or "soloed" which is done by dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand.
Hurling (camogie for women) is believed to be the world's oldest field game. Hurling is played with a stick (or hurley) which is curved outwards at the end to provide a striking surface and a small ball (or sliotar). The objective of the game is to hit, or kick, the sliotar into the other team's goal or between two upright posts. The scoring, like Gaelic Football, is 3 points for a goal and 1 point for putting the ball between the upright posts. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for four steps, struck in the air or hit on the ground with the hurley. It also can be kicked or slapped with the open hand. To carry the ball for more than four steps, the player must bounce or balance the sliotar at the end of the stick and then back to the hand. The player is not allowed to catch the ball more than twice.
For more information on our Feis Chlobhair | Clover Highland Games & Scots-Irish Festival, contact Amy Gonzalez at 803.222.9493 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.