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Heavy Athletics

Caledonian & Hibernian Heavy Athletics

“The Wisconsin Highland games is a professional level event . It is required that all participants have "thrown at" a minimum of one Highland games previously.

Wisconsin Heavy games also holds a Amateur games the first weekend in June every year where many of our athletes have gotten their start.

For  more info please contact our Athletic Director at

Forbes Athletic Field

Saturday: Caledonian (Scottish) Rules

  • Heavy Athletics 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Caber Toss - after 12 noon

Sunday: Hibernian (Irish) Rules

  • Heavy Athletics 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Caber Toss - after 12 noon


The Wisconsin Highland Games attract professional and amateur

Highland athletes from around the world, from Olympians, national champions, and world record holders to local amateurs.

The weekend is divided into Caledonian (Scottish) events on Saturday,

and Hibernian (Irish) events on Sunday.

The two versions of heavy athletics differ sometimes in the equipment used, sometimes in the rules, and sometimes both, for a particular event.

The most popular event is Turning the Caber, in which athletes heave a log and attempt to rotate it so it lands at 12:00 in front of them.

At the end of each day, athletes try a special challenge round turning the "Badger Stick", a giant 141-pound, 16-foot 8-½-inch caber!

Other events include throwing weights and stones for distance, weight toss for height (tossing over a suspended bar), the sheaf toss (tossing a sack of hay with a pitchfork), and the hammer throw.

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