Yes….what the hell. We are going to suck but after this weekend’s training we will suck less. Well WeeMan is still going to really suck (suck it WeeMan). Suck at what you say? We are going to suck at the 2012 Smoky Mountain Highland Games.
The Games are located in Maryville, TN at Maryville College and are centered around a field of athletic competition which includes the well know “Caber Toss”. All in all there are 9 different highland athletic events. Really crappy examples of most of these can be seen in our training day video. There is also competition of Pipe & Drum Bands, individual Pipers and Drummers. Lassies and Laddies compete in the Highland Dance as well. The Bikes N Beers clan will be there and I am sure you will see us bust out in a jig or two.
Entertainment includes Country Dancing, a Dog Show, and Clan Competitions that can get pretty intense, not to mention several incredible Stage Performing Bands, Balladeers, a Comedian and Kid’s Playground & athletic competitions. Of course, there has to be ‘Education’, even if it is learning about the different types of Scotch. Can we help it if you have to take a wee sip?
The word ‘Clan’ means family. Many Clans have very extended family ties that are known as Septs. Septs are either what we know today as in-laws or are non-related families that lived under the protection of the Clan Chief. Each Clan has a tartan with a plaid that is designed for a particular Clan. If you belong to that Clan, then you may wear their tartan. We looked all over for the clan tartan for Bikes N Beers and could not find one but not the less we will all have kilts with tartans of our own choosing. Except WeeMan….we made sure his kilt was extra long too…even though he is kind of short his junk isnt.
Clan Tents are set up around the main field where the families of each Clan gather to watch the competition. If you find your family name at one of these tents, there will be someone there to welcome you and tell you about your family history as it relates to the Clan. That’s not going to happen at the Bikes N Beers tent though.
The event kicks off on Friday May 18th with a parade and concert starting at 6:30 and runs all the way through Sunday. The Bikes N Beers Clan hopes to see you there