Highland happening: Scottish athletic skills, culture, cuisine on display

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For the men and women of the Highland Games, athletic competition is all about strength.

Men and women in kilts will toss 56-pound weighted sacks into the air using a pitchfork. They’ll shot-put rocks to see who gets the greatest distance. Massive posts as thick as telephone poles will be hurled end over end.

“It’s like the original strongman competition,” said Bob Verbanac, one of the competitors.

The Indy Scottish Highland Games and Festival will bring together about 40 athletes specializing in the ancient games of the Celtic nations. Athletic competitions will be the centerpiece of the festival, which will be conducted on the southside for the first time.

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