Glasgow Highland Games in Glasgow, KY

The Highland Games in Glasgow has been bringing Scottish culture to Kentucky for more than 25 years.

By Kevin Litwin on May 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm EST
The Highland Games in Glasgow, KY

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael W. Bunch

Glasgow, Ky., is named for Glasgow, Scotland, and a competitive event in Barren County each year would make any kilt-wearing Scotsman proud.

The Glasgow Highland Games take place in Barren County the first weekend of June each year. The Games have been held for more than 25 years. About 10,000 spectators and participants typically attend the event at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. 

The Highland Games have a true Scottish feel, complete with weekend-long bagpipe performances along with Celtic dances and concerts. Competitive attractions include the caber toss, hurling, sheep herding, Highland wrestling and haggis tossing.

“The haggis toss features a 20-pound sack filled with animal intestines, and competitors take a pitchfork and heave the sack as far as they can,” Bobby Lee Hurt, vice president of the Glasgow Highland Games says. “The games are unusual and a lot of fun, and they're a big asset to Glasgow and Barren County.”

Hurt says he knows several people who have moved to Glasgow permanently after visiting for the Highland Games and falling in love with the community.

The Kentucky Tourism Council named the 2010 Glasgow Highland Games one of the top 10 annual festivals to be staged in Kentucky.

“The first year of the games saw about 400 people in attendance, with all the events taking place in a small open field,” Hurt says. “Now we are a well-known festival that keeps growing in scope every year.”

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