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Registration is now Closed for 2015 Shamrock Games.  Reg is open
for most games in the 2015 season!

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Saturday, March 21nd, 2015

Registration is full and closed at this time.

The Shamrock Games is held in the coliseum of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield Illinois. The Shamrock Games are held indoors in an un-heated arena. Ancient Athletics will have a concession stand open; you can bring food and coolers if you wish. This event is an athlete only competition with performances in the afternoon by the St. Andrew's Society's Pipes, drums and Dance units. This is our first event that will score for the the newly formed Scottish Games League (SGL)

Scottish Games League

  • Athlete Registration is $30.00. First time (Novice) athletes are not eligible to throw do to the tight conditions for throwing indoors.
  • Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions except Novice.
  • Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629
  • OR purchase your registration using a debit or credit card:

Time Line:

Thursday, March 19th Equipment trailers dropped off at the Coliseum.
Friday, March 20th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for a 5pm walkthrough and reception.
Saturday, March 21st Volunteers/Registration at 7:30am, Judges meeting at 8am, Games Start at 9am sharp.
Sunday, March 22nd Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The Springfield Area Highland Games and Festival will take place at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois. This event is a full Highland Games featuring all the units of the St. Andrew's Society, competitions, genealogy, and food vendors. The game site is http://www.central-illinois-standrewsociety.com/.
  • Athlete Registration is $30.00. Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions: Open, Masters, and Women's.
  • Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629
  • OR purchase your registration using a debit or credit card:

Time Line:

Thursday, May 14th Equipment trailers dropped off at the Community Park in Chatham, IL.
Friday, May 15th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for a 5pm demo, walkthrough and reception.
Saturday, May 16th Volunteers/Registration at 7:30am, Judges meeting at 8am, Games Start at 9am sharp.
Sunday, May 17th Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon.

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The Saline Celtic Festival will be held at Millpond Park, Saline Michigan. This festival has a reputation of providing large crowd of appreciative spectators while treating the athletes to first class field conditions. For several consecutive years, the festival has arranged for Ancient Athletics to oversee the athlete area. The games site for this well attended and beautiful city ran event is http://salineceltic.org/.
  • Registration is $25.00. Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions: Open, Masters, and Women's.
  • Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629
  • OR purchase your registration using a debit or credit card:

Time Line:

Thursday, July 9th The Rover Bus and Equipment trailers dropped off at the Mill Pond Park in Saline, MI. Ancient Athletics will do an equipment and sheaf demo downtown at 5pm.
Friday, July 10th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field. The Pub Night at the Park/Festival starts that evening.
Saturday, July 11th Volunteers/Registration by 9am to finish setup. Judges meeting at 11am, Games Start at 12noon.
Sunday, July 12th Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 8am-11am, then Ancient Athletics crew return to Springfield, IL.

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

The Chatham Sweet Corn Festival will be held at the Community Park in Chatham Illinois. This will be the 42st festival and will draw a very large crowd with Great Music, food, vendors, and an unending parade of hot buttered corn on the cob. The Bands draw great evening crowd that begins in the early afternoon. The 1pm start of the athletics is designed to show off our athletes to the maximum number of spectators. The Festival site is http://chathamjaycees.net/sweetcorn/sweetcorn.htm.
  • Athlete Registration is $30.00. Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions: Open, Masters, and Women's.
  • Send your Registration Check to John Moore 325 Estes Park Chatham, IL 62629
  • OR purchase your registration using a debit or credit card:

Time Line:

Thursday, July 16th Equipment trailers dropped off at the Community Park in Chatham, IL.
Friday, July 17th Volunteers needed at 9am to set up the field in preparation for 4:30pm opening of the festival.
Saturday, July 18th Volunteers/Registration at 11am, Judges meeting at 12noon, Games Start at 1pm sharp.
Sunday, July 19th Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

The Strong Man of the Glen will be held at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield Illinois. This is a unique experience for our games schedule. We have a small 100'x100' area at the state fair to demo and promote the Heavy Events. Each night of the fair (10 Days total from 5pm to 7pm) from August 13th-23rd, we demo, practice and celebrate the Scottish Culture. On the last Saturday of the Fair, we have a full games competition including a Strongman event at the finally to crown a Strongman of the Glen. Participating in the demo nights are Free and is an opportunity to train intensely during the week and compete on Saturday. This is a great event to bring your family and see one of the best State Fairs in the country. The State Fair site is https://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/.
  • Depending on the number of pre-registered athletes, we will open all divisions: Open, Masters, and Women's.
  • Please let us know if you can make any of the demo nights and we will try to get you passes for the gate.

Time Line:

Wednesday, August 12th Equipment trailers dropped off at the field behind the Illinois building.
Thursday, August 13th Volunteers needed at 5pm to set up the field in preparation for the first day of the ISF.
Saturday, August 22nd Volunteers/Registration at 11am, Judges meeting at 12noon, Games start at 1pm sharp.
Sunday, August 23rd Volunteers needed to pack up the trailers from 9am-12noon.

Saturday and Sunday, August 29th-30th, 2015

The Erin Feis at the river front in Peoria, IL starts at 1200 noon on both days. We will compete one on one in a BATTLE OF THE CLANS format. If you win your event you will be awarded a flag to represent your clan. The most flags won will be crowned winner of the Battle of the clans.
  • Saturday, September 19th, 2015 Quad Cities Highland Games in Centennial Park in Davenport, IA
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 18th-19th, 2015 The Southern Illinois Irish Festival
  • Friday and Saturday, September 25th-26th, 2015 The 2015 Masters World Championships in Chesterfield, MO
  • Saturday, October 24th, 2015 The Murray Kentucky Highland Festival at the Central Park in Murray, KY. Starts at 9am.

The scope of our unit is widening and we are proud to be part of the ever growing recognition of Scottish Heavy Athletics. If you would like to volunteer, Judge, compete or just hang out with the athletic unit, contact Merl Lawless Athletic Director, @ mclawless@sbcglobal.net.

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