ATHENA - Hoot mon, the kids can play too at the 2007 Caledonian Games centered around Athena City Park this weekend.
The Scottish Athletic Games for children aged 5-12 have been added this year. Organizers are developing the specifics for the competition, but the games sound fun.
A grant from the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition has provided the funding. The games include a mini-caber toss for ages 8-12; the Tam Toss, where the hat is actually a Frisbee; the Haggis Hurl, a bean bag throw; Running through the Rye, a foot race; and the Stag Shoot, a target competition of hurling bean bags at a suspended bean bag. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants as a keepsake for the first-ever children's games, which will be supervised and monitored for safety.
The rest of the 2007 Caledonian Games remains what crowds hunger for as they flock to the community just off Highway 11 between Pendleton and Walla Walla. There will be sheep dog trials, adult athletic events, music, a highland dancing competition, a piping competition and the breathtaking Tattoo.
Here's a complete schedule of the festivities, almost all of which are free to the public and take place at Athena City Park and the Weston McEwen High School athletic field.