For one weekend every year us goofy Scots get together in Pleasanton, CA and have the time of our lives.
I’m talking about the Caledonian Club’s Scottish Gathering and Games.
The event takes place at the Pleasanton fairgrounds and is quite an impressive site. I got to meet and hang out with more of my clansmen (MacMillan) than I knew existed! There were probably close to 50 tents set up by all different clans. You could go get information about your clan or just talk to some random people who you might just be related to. This year was really special as my father had passed away in February.
There were dance competitions, bagpipe comps and of most interest, a strongman comp! No big names on the male side but Shannon Hartnet dominated the women’s comp. There are a number of different classes you can enter from amateur (open) to invite only pros to even a 50+ group.
After watching event after event my brother and I decided that we owe it to ourselves, our dad and our heritage to start training and compete hopefully as soon as next year. I’ll need to put on some considerable size as will my brother but we’re both more than capable of doing so. Now at 6’3 250 he’s been as much as 280 (still ran a 5.0 40) and I’m 6’5 225 and gaining. My brother just turned 20 and I’ll be turning 22 in about a month so we’ll definitely be the babies out there but I figure the sooner we get into it the sooner we’ll really be able to contend.
Well, sorry for the rant. I’m a little excited at the moment and felt like sharing it with other people who enjoy throwing heavy objects since my girlfriend and mom don’t seem to understand…
Anyone else make it out to the games?