Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Highland Games Throw in a Party.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Michael Davis Journal Staff Writer

"England's forever, but Scotland's the brave" as the old song goes.

And the brave from around the country will be gathered at the Rio Rancho Highland Games this weekend.

The Rio Rancho Sports Complex will be filled with the sounds of bagpipes, drumlines, and the grunts of Scotsmen and women and wannabe Celts hurling telephone pole-like cabers for all they are worth.

Games Director Peter Campbell said this year's games will be bigger and better than ever.

"We are very excited this year. Our games have been chosen as a Western United States Pipe Band Association Qualifier," he said. "Most of the games or festivals that are chosen as a qualifier have been around for years. The games in San Francisco for instance are over 100 years old. We are young -- very, very, young."

Five pipe bands and more than 50 musicians will be competing for trophies and prize money totaling around $2,000.

In addition to the pipes and drums, Campbell said more than 30 athletes have come from around the country to compete in tests of strength and skill including the caber toss and the hammer throw. …

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