The 44th Annual Savannah Scottish Games Returns to Historic Grounds of Bethesda Academy on May 2nd

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, February 28th, 2020

On Saturday, May 2, 2020, the 44th Annual Savannah Scottish Games will return to the historic grounds of Bethesda Academy at 9520 Ferguson Ave. in Savannah, Ga., for a day-long celebration of Scotland’s rich culture and heritage.

A Celtic tradition dating back to the 11th century in Scotland,  Scottish Games have long been held across the world to carry on time-honored traditions of family, music, dancing, food, heavy athletics and more. Each event is a reflection of Scotland’s unique and iconic history and is a rare opportunity to witness the legendary physical strength and sporting prowess of the fabled Highland champions.

Each year, the Savannah Scottish Games draws a crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators, many of whom are direct descendants of some of Scotland's oldest families. A fantastic family outing, the Savannah Games is a thrilling spectacle of entertainment, from the rousing bagpipes and cadence of the drums to the wide range of activities that also include children’s events, genealogists, Highland dancing competition, sheep herding by Scottish Border Collies, historic reenactments,  Scottish vendors, and Scottish food and refreshments.

Whether this is your first Scottish Games or the games are a regular fixture in your calendar, this year’s event will surely be one to remember. Don’t miss the kilted athletes competing in traditional Highland events including the Caber Toss, the Sheaf Toss, the 18-pound Hammer Throw, the Open Stone Put, Weights for Height, and the Caber Toss – ‘ye casting of the bar’ - one of the most spectacular of all heavy-athletic events. (When the English forbid any Scotsman to bear arms these alternatives to traditional weapons were used to select the finest athletes for war).