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Among the musicians performing at this year's Highland Games was Chelsea House Orchestra, a
Celtic band from Chelsea High School in Michigan. Photo by Derek Halsey

Originally published: 2013-07-17 16:03:46
Last modified: 2013-07-17 16:04:30

The Highland Games: A combination of history, brotherhood and fun

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MacRae Meadows was filled with the light of torches on Thursday night, July 11, as the Calling of the Clans began at the 2013 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. In grand Scottish tradition, the centuries-old ceremony is based on the way the various Clans would come together to defend Scotland, usually from the then-cruel British overlords who would invade and subjugate.

Representatives from the nearly 100 Scottish clans and societies gathered at the Highland Games fell into four groups on the infield after dark, holding torches that lit from a single torch that was carried by the winners of The Bear earlier that day. The Bear is the grueling five-mile run from Linville to the top of Grandfather Mountain. With the booths of each of the Clans filled with boisterous members, guests and onlookers, each representative spoke into the microphone to join the call. 

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