The May Games have Moved to July 23rd!

The Springfield Area Highland Games and Celtic Festival had its humble beginning at Knight's Action Park over twenty years ago, when members of the St. Andrew's Society saw an opportunity to bring a traditional Highland event to Central Illinois. Thanks to the hard work of those original organizers, the event quickly outgrew the park and was moved to the Illinois State Fairgrounds were it was held for several years. Today the Springfield Area Highland Games is held in the nearby city of Chatham, at the Chatham Community Park. The Games features competitions for Highland dancers, individual pipers and drummers, bagpipe bands, and athletes. Over the years, the competition has grown from just five bagpipe bands to as many as 18; from just 30 dancers to 90; and from only 10 athletes to almost 100. Competitors come from across the mid-west and from all corners of the country. The May Games is what we consider to be our "BIG" games of the season. The May Games is not only a Heavy Events competition, but also a full Celtic Festival and Pipe and Drum Band competition. With all of the goings on, the May Games draws athletes and competitors from all over North America. 

2016 Springfield Area Highland Games Information 

The 22th Official Springfield Area Highland Games and Celtic Festival will be held at the Chatham Community Park (just south of Springfield) on the 23rd of July. As this is a larger games, we should be able to have a full field. Registration will be $30, you can mail your registration fee to: John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629. Make Checks payable to: Ancient Athletics Or click on the PayPal Link on our main page.

Additional Information

  • No restrictions on spinning (unless you don't know how)
  • Classes: Amateur A,B,C, Women's, Masters, Novice, and 190.
  • Events: Heavy and Light Weight for Distance, Heavy and Light Hammer, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, and Braemar and Open Stone. (all 9 events!) We may also have a keg toss after competition concludes
  • Merl Lawless will be Athletic Director for this event.
  • Competition will start at 0900 (9:00 a.m.)


2016 Ancient Athletics of Central Illinois