Please note this event that US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion regularly participates in has been postponed.
As a supporter of this event in the past, we wanted to pass this information on to our members.
In light of the recent tragic event in Gilroy, I want to inform our patrons and competitors that the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, along with our private security company and the Alameda County Fairgrounds, has been formulating a plan to institute advanced security measures at our Scottish Games coming up on Labor Day Weekend. We have been working on this plan for the past several months.
In addition, both the Alameda County Sheriff and the Pleasanton Police Departments provide a police presence at our Games, as they have annually. Please be assured that we are doing what we can to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all who attend our Games. We ask that all attendees assist us in these efforts by remaining vigilant during your stay with us and report any suspicious activities to Games officials.
Rob Tysinger, Chief
Caledonian Club of San Francisco
Earlier today, our branch President – Fred Rutledge – represented the Royal Canadian Legion at the 152nd consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games.
The branch will be participating in the 151st Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, which is a celebration of Scottish culture, traditions, competitions and entertainment for all the family to enjoy – at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Labor Day Weekend (September 3 – 4, 2016).
In the Beginning Long before colonists began to settle in the New World, Scotland already had a lengthy history and culture. Heavy Athletics Events were being held in Scotland at least 1,000 years ago, and some historians believe that Heavy Events originated during Druid times! Heavy Events began as tests of strength and conditioning for Scottish troops. A tree trunk would be made into a caber and tossed by the strongest military men. Smooth rocks from river beds would be heaved for distance. Lead weights would be tossed underhand over a bar more than twice as high as the athlete. Over the centuries, Heavy Events evolved from military exercises into festivals for the Scottish public, and with the addition of dancing, music, food and drink, the Highland Games were born. They are a traditional method of passing Scottish culture from generation to generation, and held throughout Scotland and the rest of the World.