GMHG Schedule of Events

Thursday

11:45

Children’s Caber Toss Clinic / Main Field

1:00 PM

Clan Sponsors may load / unload on field – must be out by 3:30 PM

4:00 

MacRae Meadows open / Gates 2 & 3 / Ticket sales begin

4:30 

All Concessions Available

5:00 

Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field - Center

5:30-7:00

Special entertainment / Review Stand

7:00

The Bear starts / Linville – Main Intersection

7:10

  • Grandfather Mountain Highlanders performance /  Track – Center
  • Bear runners begin to enter MacRae Meadows Track / Main Field

7:30

Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field - Center

8:15

  • Clan representatives muster for Torch Light Ceremony  / MacRae Morton Memorial
  • North American Academy of Piping & Drumming performance  /  Main Field – Center
  • Memoriam for Donald MacDonald

8:35

The Bear Awards /  Track – Front & Center

8:50

Welcome & Introductions /  Review Stand

9:00-10:15

Quiet Time - all venues for Torchlight Ceremony

9:00

Torch Light Ceremony /  Main Field

10:15

End of Thursday’s field activities 

Friday

6:00 AM

Gate 3 opens

6:00

Clan Sponsors may enter Gate 3 to load/unload on field – vehicles must be out by 7:45 AM

7:00

Shuttle buses open

8:00

All gates open to public

8:30

Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance Competition warm-up / Dance Platforms

9:00

A” & “B” Class Amateur Heavy Athletics begins / Main Field - Left

9:30

Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance Competition / Dance Platforms

10:00

Celtic Groves entertainment begins / All Groves / Alex Beaton Stage 

11:00-11:30

Quiet Time - all venues for Opening Ceremony

11:00

Opening Ceremony

11:30

  • Resume exhibitions, competitions & entertainment in all venues
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field – Center
  • Whisky Tasting (pre-purchased tickets) / Preachers Rock

12:00-1:30

Blue Ridge Brass / Pipes & Drums Concert with Ed Miller / Scottish Cultural Village

12:30

Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance Choreography Competition / Dance Platforms

12:45

Children’s Caber Toss Clinic / Main Field - Right 

1:00

Demonstration of the Great Kilt / Preachers Rock

1:30

 Introduction to Gaelic Language / Gaelic Tent

2:00

Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field – Center

2:30

Whisky Tasting (pre-purchased tickets) / Preachers Rock

3:00

Scottish Harp Workshop and Performance with Kelly Brzozowski / Harp & Fiddle Tent

4:00

End of Friday’s field activities 

4:30

End of Celtic Grove performances 

5:00

Last Shuttle buses depart

6:30-10:30

Friday Night Celtic Rock Concert / Gates 2 & 3 open at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

6:00 AM

Gates 3 opens 

6:00

Clan vehicles may enter & load / unload on field – vehicles must be out by 7:30 AM

6:30

Grandfather Mountain Marathon begins / Boone

7:00

Shuttle buses open

7:30

All gates open to public

8:00

  • Elite” Women Heavy Athletics begins / Main Field - Left
  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance Competition / Dance Platforms
  • Piping Competition begins / Hillside & Infield

8:30

  • Professional” Class Heavy Athletics begins / Main Field - Left
  • Piping competition begins / Hillside & Infield

9:00

9:30

Marathon runners approaching MacRae Meadows

Cumberland Style Wrestling for Adults.

10:00

Celtic Groves entertainment begins 

11:00-11:50

Quiet Time - all venues for Opening Ceremony 

11:00

Opening Ceremony

11:30

Whisky Tasting (pre-purchased tickets) / Preachers Rock

11:35

Presentation of Marathon awards / Track – Center

Approx.

11:50

Introduction to Scottish Fiddling and Demonstration by Robina Walker and Emerald Rae / Marathon Tent

11:50

  • Resume exhibitions, competitions & entertainment in all venues
  • Massed Bands performance / Main Field – Center
  • Scottish Harp Workshop and Performance with Kelly Brzozowski / Harp and Fiddle Tent

12:00 - 1:30

  • Blue Ridge Brass / Pipes & Drums Concert with Ed Miller / Scottish Cultural Village

12:10

  • Track & Field competition begins / Main Field & Track
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field – Center

Approx. 12:00

Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance Competition / Dance Platforms 

1:00

Demonstration of the Great Kilt / Preachers Rock

1:00 - 4:00

All Instrument Jam! / Marathon Tent

1:15

Professional Caber Toss / Main Field – Center

1:30

Introduction to Gaelic Language / Gaelic Tent

2:00

 Virtual Scottish Fiddling Competition ( https://gmhg.org/fiddle-competition for details)

2:30

  • Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field – Center
  • Whiskey Tasting (pre-purchased tickets) / Preachers Rock

4:00

End of Saturday’s field activities

5:00

  • End of Celtic Grove performances 
  • Last Shuttle buses depart

6:30-10:00

Saturday Night Celtic Jam Concert / Gates 2 & 3 open at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

6:00 AM

Gate 3 opens 

6:00

Clan vehicles may enter & load / unload on field – vehicles must be out by 7:45 AM

7:00

Shuttle buses open

8:00

  • All gates open to public
  • Scottish Heavy Athletics Demonstration & Clinic / Main Field
  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Dance / Dance Platforms   

8:30

Master Professional Scottish Heavy athletic competition begins / Main Field - Left

10:00

Worship Service & Kirkin’ of the Tartan / Worship Service Platform 

11:30-1:00

Quiet Time - Parade of Tartans - all venues except Highland Dancing / Groves

11:30

Parade of Tartans / Main Field & Track 

12:45-1:00

Quiet Time - all venues - Welcome, Intros & Awards  

12:45

(Approx.) Welcome, Intros, Etc. / Review Stand

1:00

Scottish Harp Workshop and Performance with Kelly Brzozowski / Harp & Fiddle Tent

1:00-2:30

1:00-4:00

  • Blue Ridge Brass / Pipes & Drums Concert w/Brothers McLeod /Scottish Cultural Village 
  • Introduction to Scottish Fiddling / All Instrument Jam! / Marathon Tent

1:05

  • Resume exhibitions, competitions & entertainment in all venues
  • Kilted Running Events (Adult & Children) / Athletic Tent / Track 
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration with Children / Main Field – Center
  • Children’s events (tug-of-war, 3-leg race, weight throw, etc.) / Main Field – Right / Track 
  • Masters Heavy Athletic Events / Main Field - Left
  • Piping Quartet Competition begins / Alex Beaton Stage
  • Introduction to the Gaelic Language / Gaelic Tent

2:00

Demonstration of the Great Kilt / Preachers Rock

3:00

Clan Tug of War / Main Field – Right

3:30

Sheep Dog Demonstration / Main Field – Center

3:55

  • Celtic Groves Gather
  • Performers lead Parade to Closing Ceremony / Review Stand

4:00

5:00

  • Closing Ceremony / Main Field / Front Center
  • End of Sunday’s field activities
  • Last Shuttles depart

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