Highland Games set at Columns Plantation

November 16, 2018

Collumns Plantation at Florence will be host for the Swamp Fox Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday.

FLORENCE, S.C. — A wee bit of Celtic culture will be on display Saturday as part of The Swamp Fox Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Columns Plantation.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday for the festival and opening ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m.

People will have the chance to watch and participate in traditional athletic events, visit with vendors, participate in a special place for kids called the “kid’s glen” and much more.

The 2018 kid’s glen will feature bouncy houses, a nine-hole mini golf course, face painting and a live “unicorn”- a therapy horse from Bethlehem Therapeutic Riding Stables.

Some of the athletic events include “Open Stone,” which is a stone throw, similar to the Olympic shot put; “Heavy Weight for Distance,” in which a metal weight is attached to a chain with a handle and is thrown with one hand from a throwing area; “Heavy Hammer,” in which the hammer is a spherical metal head with a long handle of either PVC pipe or rattan attached; “caber,” in which a wooden log must be lifted and tossed with points being awarded based on rotation and landing position; and several others.

Vendors will include St. Kilda, Lowcountry Kettle Corn, Coastal BBQ, St. Andrew’s Square, Beef Jerky Outlet, Chick-fil-A Magnolia Mall, House of Douglas Bakery, Bean Bar and many more.

The closing ceremonies for the event will be at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $15 for ages 11 and up, $10 for ages 6-10 and free for ages 5 and under. All proceeds will go to Heaven’s Hope, a Pee Dee-based nonprofit organization looking to construct a home that specializes in the treatment of medically fragile children.

The mission for Heaven’s Hope is “to provide a loving place for medically fragile children to call home that meets their emotional, spiritual, medical, physical, social and educational needs.”

The specialized home will be the first of its kind in South Carolina and will offer families an alternative for their children to live in a home with nurses trained to operate their equipment, rather than living in a hospital.

The 2018 presenting sponsors are Dr. Chris and Beth Paramore.

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