Highland Games tickets now on sale

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Article Published: Mar. 29, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 29, 2012
Highland Games tickets now on sale

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, held in Linville, offers a variety of activities for visitors to participate in or observe. Highland dance competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, traditional Scottish music concerts, heavy athletics and endurance events are often taking place simultaneously during the annual event.

Photo by Helen Moss Davis



Advance tickets are now available for the 57th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12-15.

The Highland Games are hailed by visitors and participants as “a beacon of heritage and fun,” where the color of hundreds of tartan plaids and the clamor of half-a-dozen bagpipe bands fill the North Carolina High Country.

The Grandfather Games are considered by many to be the greatest of America’s Scottish Games, namely because of a mountain reminiscent of Scotland. The deep blue peaks of Grandfather Mountain tower above a meadow ringed by 130 red, blue, yellow and green striped tents.

In addition to saving $25 on a ticket purchase, advance ticketholders will receive an added benefit of a free round-trip shuttle Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the games and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Boone.

Parking at MacRae Meadows will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night events.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has also teamed up with several local hotels, offering discounted rates to those planning their trip in advance.

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a not-for-profit organization based in Linville. Proceeds of the Highland Games go directly to scholarship efforts in the Avery County area.

For more information about the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, including advance ticket information and a full list of participating hotels, visit http://www.gmhg.org or call (828) 733-1333.

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