Wisconsin Highland Games kick-off this weekend

WAUKESHA -- Let the games begin! Members of Wisconsin Scottish are getting warmed-up for this weekend's Highland Games. And you can count on seeing plenty of plaid.

"Let`s just say we are very comfortable wearing our kilts all weekend," says Wisconsin Scottish President Dave Sparks.

The games include competitions in bagpipe playing, dancing, and athletics.

But it's the caber toss that always seems to draw the biggest crowd.

"It is a fun event. All of the guys are fun, they like to have a good time even the pros they are always cracking jokes. It`s a really loose and lively bunch," says Wisconsin Scottish member John McAdams.

People who come down to the Wisconsin Highland Games also have an opportunity to learn how to shoot a long bow, or throw a knife, or an axe.

"If they can follow directions and they are fairly good at throwing I can have them sticking in five minutes," says Sparks.

Along with the games, you can see the clothing worn in Scotland's past.

And there will also be 30 - 40 clan tents set up, where you can find out if you belong to one of them.

"You could be Scottish and you just never know. So why not come on out and take a peak," says Wisconsin Scottish member Laurie Brooks.

Whether you're Scottish or not, there's something for just about everyone at the Highland Games.

The Wisconsin Highland Games kick-off the evening of Friday, August 31st and runs through Sunday, September 2nd at the Waukesha Expo Center.

It's $10 at the gate and $3 for parking.

Kids 12 and under are free.