A True test of strength & Skill...
TYLERSCOTFEST Highland Games operates in a rotating format. Every event takes place simultaneously providing the opportunity for you to watch your favorite events at any time throughout the day!
Probably the most iconic Highland Games event, the Caber is a tree that has been cut and trimmed down so one end is slightly wider than the other. It can vary in length from 16 to 22 feet and between 100 and 180 pounds. The smaller end is rounded off so it will be easy to cup in the thrower's hands. The caber is stood up for the thrower with the large end up. The thrower hoists the caber up and cups the small end in his hands. He then takes a short run with the caber and then stops and pulls the caber so that the large end hits the ground and the small end flips over and faces away from the thrower. The caber is scored for accuracy as though the thrower is facing the 12:00 position on a clock face. A judge behind the thrower calls how close to the 12:00 position the small end of the caber lands, 12:00 being a perfect toss. If the caber is not turned, a side judge calls the degrees of the angle the caber makes with the ground. Sometimes a Challenge Caber is also used which is larger than the Games Caber.
Athletes competing in the Hammer Throw event attempt to reach the farthest distance by throwing a 16lb or 22lb weight attached to wooden pole over their shoulder. A similar event by the same name is also featured in the Olympic Games where contestants spin a weight attached to a cable or chain to complete their throw. However, in the Scottish Hammer Throw, athletes are NOT permitted to spin and must utilize specialty footwear with spikes that keep their feet firmly planted, allowing them to use only their upper body strength to hurl the hammer down the field!
Open & Braemar Stone Put
Open Stone Put is similar to the shot put, except a stone is used that weighs usually between 16 and 22 pounds. It is called "open" style because any style of putting is allowed with the spin and glide styles being the most popular. The throwing area is a box 4'6" wide and 7'6" long. The thrower must keep one foot inside this area and not step over the back line or inside face of the trig or the throw is a foul. Braemar Stone Put uses a heavier stone usually between 22 and 28 pounds and it must be put from a standing position. The same throwing area and fouls for the open stone apply.
Dinnie Stones provides a true test of strength that originated after WWI where legend has it, the famous strongman, Donald Dinnie, carried these stones that were once used as counterweights to balance the Potarch Bridge in Aberdeenshire. The TYLERSCOTFEST stones don't quite weigh nearly 700 pounds as the originals do, but they will definitely test each competitor to the fullest.
Weight for Distance
The 56lb & 28lb weights can either be block or spherical shaped with links and a handle. The overall length cannot exceed 18". The weight is thrown with one hand in a throwing area 4'6" x 9'. The thrower must keep one foot inside this area and not step over the back line or inside face of the trig or the throw is a foul.
Weight OVER BAR
The Weight Over Bar event presents the same 56lb weights used for distance events, except the length of the handle is shorter. The weight is tossed over a cross bar with one hand. Three attempts are allowed at each height. If the thrower misses all three tries at one height, he or she is out of the competition.