Since 1956, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games have attracted Scots and Americans of Scottish ancestry to the misty mountains of North Carolina for a weekend of traditional Celtic entertainment.
July 14, 2012
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Tim Propst, of Lincoln County, N.C., throws the hammer during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, N.C., July 13, 2012. Many events at the Games date back centuries, to early Celtic festivals.