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Scottish Games Mean Plenty of Sheep Herding



    Celebrate Scottish and Celtic heritage with a look-see at caber tossing (what?), stone putts (...what?), dancing and fiddling (OK) at the Fairhills Scottish Games, coming up May 19.

    You'll also find music, athletics, dancing and special events, including a sheep dog trial that tests dogs' ability to control a flock. During a sheep-shearing contest, teams will spin the wool to begin shawls, and the quickest made and best-designed shawl wins.
    Athletic events include a weight throw, sheaf toss, that aforementioned mysterious caber toss (find out here exactly what that is) and hammer throw competitions, with athletes coming from faraway places such as Scotland and New York... OK, maybe New York isn't that far. 
    Four bands will be taking the stage throughout the event, and a marketplace will be stocked full of Scottish food and merch.
    Tickets are $15 at the gate; box seats are $20. The fest is located at 4600 Telegraph Road, Elkton, Md., about two hours from downtown D.C.