Welcome to Central Illinois' Home for the Highland Games!

Registration is open for all of the upcoming 2014 events. 


The new Registration form has a dropdown list of this years events.  Click on the events tab to get more information on each event or CICK HERE to go directly to the form..


This Years Events  for May, June July and August Include: 

Saturday May 17th. 2014, Our own Springfield Area Highland Games and Festival at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois. This event is a full Highland Games featuring all the units of the St. Andrew’s Society, competitions, genealogy, food vendors.

Games Site is: http://www.central-illinois-standrewsociety.com

·         Athlete Registration is $30.00.  Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions Open, Masters, and Women

·         You can register by email to mclawless@sbcglobal.net include preferred class and best marks.

·         Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629.

Time Line:

Thursday May 15th, Equipment trailers dropped off at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois

Friday May 16th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for a 5:00 demo, walkthrough and reception. 

Saturday May 17th Volunteers/Registration at 7:30am, Judges meeting at 8am, Games Start at 9am sharp.

Sunday May 18th, Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon

 

Saturday July 12th, 2014, The Saline Celtic Festival at Millpond Park, Saline Michigan.  This festival has a reputation of providing large crowd of appreciative spectators while treating the athletes to first class field conditions. For several consecutive years, the festival has arranged for Ancient Athletics to oversee the athlete area. The games site for this well attended and beautiful city ran event is http://salineceltic.org/

 

·         Athlete Registration will open on April 12th. Registration is $25.00.  Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions Open, Masters, and Women.

·         You can register by email to mclawless@sbcglobal.net include preferred class and best marks.

·         Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629.

Time Line:

Thursday July 10th, The Rover Bus and Equipment trailers dropped off at the Mill Pond Park in Saline Michigan.

Friday July 11th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field. Ancient Athletics will do an equipment and Sheaf Demo downtown at 5pm.

Saturday July 12th, Volunteers/Registration by 9am to finish set up, Judges meeting at 11am, Games Start at 12:00 noon.

Sunday July 13th, Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 8am-11 am, then Ancient Athletics crew return to Springfield Illinois.



Saturday, July 19th 2014,
The Chatham Sweet Corn Festival at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois. This will be the 41st festival and will draw a very large crowd with Great Music, food, vendors, and an unending parade of hot buttered corn on the cob. The Bands draw great evening crowd that begins in the early afternoon. The 1pm start of the athletics is designed to show off our athletes to the maximum number of spectators. The Festival site is http://chathamjaycees.net/sweetcorn/sweetcorn.htm

 

·         Athlete Registration is $30.00.  Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions Open, Masters, and Women

·         You can register by email to mclawless@sbcglobal.net include preferred class and best marks.

·         Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629.

Time Line:

Thursday July 17th, Equipment trailers dropped off at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois

Friday July 18th, Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for a 4:30 opening of the festival. 

Saturday July 19th, Volunteers/Registration at 11:00am, Judges meeting at 12 noon, Games Start at 1pm sharp.

Sunday July 20th, Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon



Saturday August 16th 2014,
The Strong Man of the Glen at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Illinois. This is a unique experience for our games schedule. We have a small 100’x100’ area at the state fair to demo and promote the Heavy Events. Each night of the fair (10 Days total from 5pm to 7pm) we demo, practice and celebrate the Scottish Culture. On the last Saturday of the Fair, we have a full games competition including a Strongman event at the finally to crown a Strongman of the Glen. The event is Free and is an opportunity to train intensely during the week and compete on Saturday.  This is a great event to bring your family and see one of the best State Fairs in the country.  The State Fair site is https://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

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Athlete Registration is Free.  Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions Open, Masters, and Women

·         You can register by email to mclawless@sbcglobal.net include preferred class and best marks.

·         Please let us know if you can make any of the demo nights and we will try to get you passes to get in.

Time Line:

Thursday August 7th, Equipment trailers dropped off at the Field behind the Illinois Building.

Friday August 8th, Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for a 4:30 opening of the festival. 

August 8 - 15, Nightly Demonstrations and Practice from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening

Saturday August 16th, Volunteers/Registration at 11:00am, Judges meeting at 12 noon, Games Start at 1pm sharp.

Sunday August 17th, Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon

More information comming soon of the following Events: 

Saturday and Sunday August 23,24  Erin Feis at the river front in Peoria Illinois (Dates not confirmed)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 12,13, and 14,  The Masters World Championships at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness Scotland

Saturday September 19th Quad Cities Highland Games in Centennial Park at the Davenport IA

Saturday, September 27th, The St. Louis Highland Games at Forest Park St Louis Mo. (Dates not confirmed)

Saturday and Sunday October 25 -26, at Turley Park in Carbondale Illinois.  (Dates not confirmed)

Saturday, October 4th Murray Highland Games in Central Park Murray Kentucky (Dates not confirmed)




The scope of our unit is widening and we are proud to be part of the ever growing recognition of Scottish Heavy Athletics. If you would like to volunteer, Judge, compete or just hang out with the athletic unit, contact Merl Lawless Athletic Director, @ mclawless@sbcglobal.net.


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