Best Reason to Hug a Tree

Scottish Highland Games

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Why hug a tree? Why, to chuck it across a field, of course. And nobody throws a tree better than a Scottish Highlands athlete. Around here, that means the Scottish American Athletic Association Idaho Chapter--a bunch of strapping lads and lasses who like to don a kilt and throw heavy things around a field. Whether it's hurling a weight attached to a chain for distance, hefting a weighted bag over a bar with a pitchfork or lifting a 150-pound log and throwing it end-to-end, Scottish athletes take their sports as seriously as they take having fun. The group has been getting attention for their weekly practices along Eagle Road--you'd think drivers had never seen a bunch of guys in kilts carrying pitchforks.

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