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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Pocatello Police Dept. to Host First Responder Highland Games August 25

A wee bit of Scotland is coming to Pocatello Saturday, August 25.

The Pocatello Police Department will hold the First Responder Highland Games from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the soccer fields south of the Portneuf Wellness Complex, near the intersection of Olympus Drive and Butte Street. Teams will be participating in the traditional Celtic events of Stone Put, Weight for Distance Throw, Hammer Throw, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, and Caber Toss.

“There is still an opportunity for teams to register and prior experience is not necessary as the skills will be demonstrated for the participants,” said Officer Zach Bartschi. “The whole point of this event is for everyone to have fun and to raise money for Bannock County D.A.R.E.”

Teams can register up until 8 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $15 per person to participate and free to the public to watch. Money raised will go towards providing student workbooks and shirts for the Bannock County D.A.R.E. program.

“If you’re not familiar with Scottish games, we invite everyone to come out and see that the games not only require strength, but also requires excellent timing, balance, technique, and a kilt!,” states Officer Jordan Johnson.

There will be games for kids and food will be available for purchase during the games.

Scottish Games date back to the third century where Scottish warriors displayed their bravery and strength by performing feats of skill and power in front of an opposing army. The modern games are a continuation of this ancient Celtic tradition.

Those with questions about the games can contact a D.A.R.E. officer at 208-234-6118.

The First Responder Highland Games are sponsored by the Pocatello Police Department, Bannock County D.A.R.E., and the Eastern Idaho Scottish Athletics (EISA). EISA is an organization that is devoted to training for and competing in the nine heavy throwing events of the Scottish Highlands.

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