Scottish & Celtic Heritage Celebrated At Highlands Games

From testing your aim with a battle ax, to testing your strength with a pitchfork, to tossing the ole Caber, the Scots have been practicing these skills since the year 1067.

"The caber toss is basically a 125 to 130 pound telephone pole," says Highlands and Islands Association 2007 President Carl Campbell.

And along with their Celtic cousins, they celebrate this unique competition and shared heritage at the Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival.

"Athletics is part of it, but it's the heritage and your ancestry and those types of things," says Campbell. "That's what we really push."

The Gulfport based Highlands and Islands Association has been putting on this event for the past 22 years, and Campbell says the games and festival are a natural fit for southerners.

"What they don't realize is about 80 percent of the people of the southern United States are of Scot/Irish decent. A lot of them came here because the land was free, and they were able to do pretty much want they wanted to do, live their own lives."

And through ancient sports, demonstrations of age old skills and the music of the mystic isles, they celebrate that independent spirit, together, every year, as one big traditional family clan, in South Mississippi.