Grab your kilt and head to Maryville for 2011 Highland Games

Bagpiper Sam Newton, a member of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums Corps, will perform with the group during the Highland Games, this year being held at Maryville College.

Bagpiper Sam Newton, a member of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums Corps, will perform with the group during the Highland Games, this year being held at Maryville College.

The Scots have moved from Gatlinburg to Maryville College this year, bringing their bagpipes and cabers and sheepdogs with them.

The Smoky Mountain Highland Games are this weekend at the college. This is the first year that the games are being held at the school. The event previously was held in Gatlinburg as the Gatlinburg Highland Games.

It's the 30th year for the festival itself. Tickets are available at the games' website, www.smokymountaingames.org. Gates open at 8 a.m. May 21 and at 8:30 a.m. May 22.

Adult tickets are $18 for the Saturday games, $13 for the Sunday games. Tickets for children ages 5 to 14 are $5 daily. Students ages 15 to 24 get in for $10 daily.

Much of the activities will take place at the southeast section of Maryville College. Games and other competitions will be held on the campus' softball, soccer and soccer practice fields. The games' traditional Scottish competitions will include the stone put, caber toss, sheaf toss and Scottish hammer throw. Events scheduled for Scottish clans attending include tug-of-war and the competition for the "bonniest knees."

Other events include a sheepdog trials demonstration and a dog parade.

Music will include performances by area pipe and drum bands. Also performing will be the group Cutthroat Shamrock, the ensemble Blessed Blend and the rock group Mother Grove. The game's "Ceilidh Under the Stars," a traditional Gaelic gathering of music and dancing, is 7-10:30 p.m. May 21. Tickets for the ceilidh are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 14, $8 for students.

For a complete schedule or ticket information, see http://smokymountaingames.org.

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