Green Hill Highland Games returns to Salem for 12th year


Salem, Virginia – After taking a few years off due to the pandemic, the Green Hill Highland Games return to Salem on Saturday, August 27.

This free event is ideal for the whole family. There will be music, Celtic clans, athletes, bagpipes and more.

You can watch some of the most notable athletes compete in strength competitions while wearing kilts. This includes shot put, Scottish hammer throw, stone throw and caber throw.

There will also be authentic Celtic music and Scottish heritage demonstrations.

The Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums, the oldest pipe and drum organization in southwest Virginia, will provide music for the opening ceremonies.

Seventeen Celtic clans will be on hand to celebrate Southwest Virginia’s Celtic history and culture.

Chad Clark, Director of Athletics, says, “The history of the Roanoke Valley is deeply rooted in Scotts immigration, Irish and Celtic heritage and culture. So this is an opportunity to show that to the Roanoke Valley and it’s free. This is an opportunity to give back to the public. »

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The Green Hill Highland Games benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Virginia, an organization that provides a comfortable, welcoming home for families of ill and injured children who come to the Roanoke area for medical care.

Games will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Green Hill Park.

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