LINVILLE — The Highland Games have seen different weather conditions throughout the years and this year, traditional Scottish weather was apparent. Dense fog mixed with rain met those who attended on Friday morning.
The fog surrounded the field where traditional Scottish competitions were held. The mist would turn into heavy rain but competitors still carried on. Occasionally the sun would try to peek its way out but would soon be covered again by fog and rain.
Competitions throughout the day included long jump, discus throwing, dancing and sheep herding. Yet, competitors were not discouraged by the weather. The announcer of the competitions even mentioned that contestant should be used to this weather when competing.
People from all over were at Grandfather Mountain to celebrate the traditional games. While people from Scotland felt right at home with the misty weather, natives to North Carolina and around might have been a little more cold from the wind and rain.
It was a fascinating sight to see people compete in Scottish games while being able to be apart of the weather that most of Scotland sees on a daily basis. With the fog creating almost a barricade around the field of the games, mountains would show their tops every once in awhile.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are a tradition that many love, this year not only were people immersed in the culture they were immersed in Scottish weather as well.