Highland Games Press Room

People playing bagpipes

The 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return to Western North Carolina July 12-15, 2018. Please visit us in the Press Tent during the Highland Games for more information and to pick up your complimentary copy of the Highland Games program, featuring thorough information on the individual events, music, honored guests and history.

2018 Highland Games News

(for photos, email frank@grandfather.com)
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 12-15
Beech Mountain, Boone residents finish tops in The Bear
Halvorson dominates women’s Scottish athletics at 63rd Grandfather Games
Masland finishes first in Grandfather Marathon for second consecutive year
Braidy Miller repeats as Scottish Athlete of the Games
Ryan Hastings named Track & Field Athlete of the Highland Games

 

2017 Highland Games News

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return July 6-9
Blowing Rock man sets new course record for ‘The Bear’
There’s a new sheriff in town at the Highland Games
Boone, Gastonia residents win Grandfather Mountain Marathon
Brothers battle for Scottish Athlete of the Games title
Chambers, Craig take ‘Outstanding Track & Field Athlete’ honors at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

2016 Highland Games News

2015 Highland Games News

July 11, 2015: Frasure wins, sets new record at Highland Games
July 11, 2015: Newcomers named GMHG Track and Field Athletes of the Games
July 11, 2015: Grandfather Mountain Marathon winners hail from Boone, Glasgow
July 9, 2015: Boone resident Andrew Vandenberg wins ‘The Bear’ 

Founded Sponsoring Organization Mission
Event Dates Location Special in 2017
Number of Clans Participating Number of Clan Tents Attendance
Distinguished Guests Staff Featured bagpipe bands
Featured Entertainers Participating Nonprofit Organizations GMHG Scholars

Founded:
1956 by Agnes MacRae Morton and former Charlotte News reporter Donald MacDonald.

Top

Sponsoring Organization:
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Inc.

Top

Mission:
GMHG is a nonprofit, non-stock corporation licensed under the laws of North Carolina to carry on and promote the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, to foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture, and to create and establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities.

Top

Event Dates: July 12-15, 2018
Always held on the second full weekend in July. The earliest the Games will occur is July 6-9 (in years when the first of July falls on a Saturday), and the latest it occurs is July 12-15 (in years when the first of July falls on a Sunday).

Top

Location:
MacRae Meadows, U.S. Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, N.C., and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305.

Top

Special in 2018: Now for the fourth year, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games presents the Scottish Cultural Village, where experts will discuss or demonstrate numerous aspects of Scottish culture, including blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, athletics, piping and drumming, dancing and more. The experts will present every 30 minutes throughout the weekend in Grove 3. Visit gmhg.org for more information.

Top

Number of Scottish Clans and Societies Participating: Approximately 123

Top

Number of Clan Tents Ringing the Field: Approximately 170

Top

Estimated Annual Attendance: 20,000-25,000

Top

2018 Honored and Distinguished Guests: See gmhg.org for information.

Top

Staffing:
4 full-time employees on GMHG payroll
100 seasonal employees on GMHG payroll
8 nonprofit organizations providing support services

Top

Nonprofit Organizations and Services Provided:

  • Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department: Shuttle Bus Service and Concessions
  • Caldwell Community College: Parking
  • Avery County High School: Parking
  • Rotary Club and the Hunger Coalition of Watauga County: Parking
  • Avery Baptist Association:  Ticket Sales
  • Kiwanis of Banner Elk: Souvenir Program Sales
  • Linville Volunteer Fire Department: Ice Sales

Top

Featured Highland Bagpipe Bands in 2018: See gmhg.org for information.

Top

Featured Musical Performers in 2018: TBA

Top

2017 Highland Games Scholars:

  • Matthew Cade Johnson
  • Lucas S. Powell
  • McKenzie Hailey Brookshire
  • Mekaylah Alisce Brookshire
  • Madison Taylor Daniels
  • Virginia Katherine Andrews
  • Bridgette Rheona Smith

Top