GMHG Fast Facts

Founded Sponsoring Organization Mission
Event Dates Location Special in 2014
Number of Clans Participating Number of Clan Tents Attendance
Distinguished Guests Staff Featured bagpipe bands
Featured Entertainers Participating Nonprofit Organizations GMHG Scholars

Founded:
1956 by Agnes MacRae Morton and former Charlotte News reporter Donald MacDonald.

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Sponsoring Organization: 
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Inc.

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Mission:
GMHG is a nonprofit, non-stock corporation licensed under the laws of North Carolina to carry on and promote the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, to foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture, and to create and establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities.

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Event Dates: July 10-13, 2014
Always held on the second full weekend in July. The earliest the Games will occur is July 6-9 (in years when the first of July falls on a Saturday) and the latest it occurs is July 12-15 (in years when the first of July falls on a Sunday).

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Location: 
MacRae Meadows, US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, NC, and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305.

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Special in 2014: See gmhg.org for information.

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Number of Scottish Clans and Societies Participating: Approximately 120

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Number of Clan Tents Ringing the Field: Approximately 170

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Estimated Annual Attendance: 30,000

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2014 Honored and Distinguished Guests: See gmhg.org for information.

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Staffing: 
4 full-time employees on GMHG payroll
104 seasonal employees on GMHG payroll
6 nonprofit organizations providing support services

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Nonprofit Organizations and Services Provided:

  • Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department: Shuttle Bus Service
  • Appalcart: Shuttle Bus Service
  • Watauga High School: Parking
  • Avery High School: Parking
  • Linville Central Rescue Squad: Parking, Concessions, First Aide Tent
  • Newland Volunteer Fire Department: Concessions, First Responder
  • Hospice of Avery: Concessions, Handicap Helpers
  • Avery Citizens Against Domestic Abuse: Ticket Sales, Checkers & Greeters
  • Kiwanis of Banner Elk: Souvenir Program Sales
  • Grandfather Academy: Valet Parking
  • Boy Scout Troop 888: Recycling
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Featured Highland Bagpipe Bands in 2014: See gmhg.org for information.

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Featured Musical Performers in 2014: Brian McNeill, John Doyle, Seven Nations, Ed Miller, Chambless and Muse, The Freestylers of Piping, The Red Wellies, The Good Set and Jamie Laval.

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Highland Games Scholars:

  • Joshua Aldridge – GMHG Scholar, NC State University
  • Ryan Aldridge – GMHG Hugh Morton Scholar, NC State University
  • Jennifer Mayberry – Lees McRae College
  • Geoffrey Werth – NC State University
  • Sharayah Smith – Western Carolina University
  • Stephanie Watson – Appalachian State University
  • Erin Grindstaff – Mayland Community College
  • Ian Murray – Appalachian State University
  • Courtney Henderson – Appalachian State University
  • April Barrier – Dental Hygiene
  • Hope Jennings – Pre-Med
  • Joshua Costner – Western Carolina University
  • Kate Taylor – Business/ Criminal Justice
  • Holly Mottern – Political Science
  • Dixon Wright – James Madison University
  • Phoebe Shoemaker – Mayland Community College/UNC Wilmington
  • Nate Davis – Duke University
  • Thomas Pittman – GMHG Hugh Morton Scholar, Mayland/Appalachian State University
  • Brittany Thomas – Lees McRae College
  • Megan Norman – Appalachian State University
  • Tiffany Franckowiak – Mayland Community College
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  • Enjoyed your work of art in August.  The mountain has came a long ways since my last trip 17 years ago, and all for the good. I am glad  the bridge is accessible to persons in wheelchairs, as I am. Thanks for a good day.


    Ray
    Gretna, VA
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