I attended the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival held in Woodland April 2015. Along with great photo opportunities, I learned much about the Scottish culture from the participants. One area is set up as “Living History”. Collins English Dictionary defines living+history as, “any of various activities involving the re-enactment of historical events or the recreation of living conditions of the past.”
I saw historical events acted in costume, crafts, games, and entertainment played out, and daily activities pursued.
These teachable moments showed visitors that crocheting used only wool, that women were not taught how to read, and many games were played without batteries (lol).
Athletic events emphasized strength. The caber toss required a man to carry a heavy long pole a distance then toss it so that it flips over at least a half turn.
Another event is the Stone Throw. weight height where a 56 pound weight is tossed over a horizontal pole.
Weight for Distance or Weight Throw where a metal weight with a chain handle is thrown.
Instead the usual food available at a Festival I enjoyed a meat pie.
Entertainment included a Beard and Mustache Contest.
Scottish Animals are active participants.
I saw many interesting and I didn’t get over to see the crafts and vendors. Conclusion: this is a more realistic festival. Lots of fun, lots of photo opportunities, and good spirits!