By: Bill McAllister

It’s that time of year where I don my finest kilt and wool socks and head out to the Highland Games at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia on August 2nd and 3rd. If you’re not familiar, the Highland Games are a celebration of all that is Scottish. From the games themselves, which include caber tossing and the Tug O’ War, in which I’ll be the referee, to piping and drumming competition to the genealogy tent where you can discover your Scottish roots. And don’t forget the Dizzy Caber contest where the winner will receive a plaque commemorating their feat (all I can tell you is that it involves spinning in a circle and attempting to make it across the field). Maybe more importantly, there will be a scotch tasting and there will be plenty of beer to be had.

My grandparents were both born in Scotland (Motherwell and Dundee) but met on the Boblo Boat in 1928 on their way to the St. Andrews Society Highland Games as the event used to be held on the island. I love doing the event every year because it’s a tribute to them. (It is a fact that they were the coolest grandparents, ever)

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by going to


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