JOIN US AUGUST 31st & SEPTEMBER 1st | 2013
The Capital District Scottish Games literally has something for everyone. Bring your family & join us on Labor Day Weekend at the Games!
Tickets will be available at the gate and online staring June the 2013 Capital District Scottish Games. Children 12 yrs old and under are free!
Registration for competitors is closed. The order of play will be posted soon.
Dancing registration Coming Soon
Register for the 5K run on Sunday is Coming Soon
Registration for camping is now closed for the CDSG. Tent sites (only) will now be on a first come, first serve, walk-up basis starting at 12:00 PM on Friday. Thank you and see you at the games!
EntertainmentBrigadoon is a mythical place in the Highlands of Scotland. Magical things happen there, and love is all around you. The Brigadoons know of that magic, and they bring it to us in the form of their music every year at the Capital District Scottish Games. And we love it! Be sure to visit the Beer Tent at the Games to hear all the exciting entertainment all day long, including Kevin McKrell, The Brigadoons and Hair of the Dog… or go to the Pole Barn for some great ballads and acoustic performances by Colin Grant Adams. It’s all about Celtic music at the Games entertainment venues.
” A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne. “
This line from the Canterbury Tales (AD 1380) is among the first written reference to bagpipes being played in the British Isles. Rather than bringing you out of town, the pipes will welcome you to the highland hills of Altamont for the Scottish Games, and you’ll think you’ve been transported to Scotland! More than 40 pipe bands are expected, so you’ll see about 500 pipers in the massed bands performance at the end of the day on Saturday. This is the largest Pipe Band Competition on the Scottish Games circuit, and features the Northeastern United States Championship.
Highland AthleticsFelling trees in the Scottish Highlands was hefty work for brawny highland clansmen. Dressed in their kilts and ghillies, they would hike into the boggy forest and begin the clearing. If there was a need to cross a stream, a log was thrown across. This tossing developed into a contest as to who among them could most accurately throw the log where it needed to be. We now know this contest as Caber Tossing, and it is an awesome display of strength and dexterity that takes place in the Highland Hills of Altamont. Athletes from the USA and Canada will gather to compete in the Caber Toss and six other “heavy events” on Labor Day weekend.
Highland DanceThe Highland Fling is one of the oldest of the traditional Highland Dances of Scotland. Returning from a victorious battle, male warriors would perform the dance in celebration of their success. It was performed on a small round shield, called a targe. Most targes had a sharp spike of steel projecting from the center, so the dancers learned to move with skill and dexterity to avoid injuring themselves.
Fun For EveryoneSo you’ve been wishing to go to the Highlands of Scotland someday? Well, get yourself in the mood at the Capital District Scottish Games. Bagpipes, Highland Dancing, Highland Athletics, Clans, Celtic Entertainers, Children’s Races, a 5K Kilted Race, Highland Cattle, Scottish Breeds Clydesdale Horses, Scots Military Museum, Mist Covered Mountains and Massed Bands featuring 500 pipers and 200 drummers… it’s all here at the Capital District Scottish Games.
Join us for the 5k Race this year!!