HUNTERSVILLE – The mayors of Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson will do battle Friday at 2 p.m. in the annual Battle Axe Throwing Competition at Rural Hill. The event is promotional prelude to the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games, which is scheduled April 16 and 17.
Mayors Jill Swain of Huntersville, Jeff Tarte of Cornelius and John Woods of Davidson are in on the challenge, which is open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. Rural Hill is at 4431 Neck Road (off Beatties Ford Road) in Huntersville. The 265-acre site was once the homestead of Maj. John and Violet Davidson.
Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman will be on hand to help Jeff Tart. Commissioner Bensman previously took the annual title from John Woods, who won the Battle Axe Championship in 2008.
The art of battle axe throwing has been around for centuries and played an important part in Scottish history. Today, axe throwing is practiced by men, women and children.
The 18th Annual Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games April 16-71 includes a variety of amateur and professional Scottish heavy athletic competitions, piping and drumming, highland and Scottish country dancing, harp and fiddle competitions, children’s activities, demonstrations and a historic encampment.
Returning this year are the “Kids Zone” with bungee “Flex Flying” and bounce houses, and the popular Celtic Rock Music Stage including the Saturday evening concert. For complete information on the Festival and Games including advance ticket purchases and registrations, please visit www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net. Proceeds support the preservation of Historic Rural Hill.