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Saturday's Highland Games to benefit Central Children’s Home

Posted on April 29, 2022

Updated on May 2, 2022

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Central Children's Home in Oxford.

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Central Children's Home in Oxford.

Brian Wells, right, pipe major of An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, prepares to lead his band on stage at Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville on St. Patrick's Day. The band will perform tomorrow at the Central Carolina Highland Games at Central Children's Home in Oxford.

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Brian Wells, right, pipe major of An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, prepares to lead his band on stage at Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville on St. Patrick's Day. The band will perform tomorrow at the Central Carolina Highland Games at Central Children's Home in Oxford.

Central Children's Home in Oxford.

Gary Band | Butner-Creedmoor News

Central Children's Home in Oxford.

Brian Wells, right, pipe major of An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, prepares to lead his band on stage at Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville on St. Patrick's Day. The band will perform tomorrow at the Central Carolina Highland Games at Central Children's Home in Oxford.

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Brian Wells, right, pipe major of An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, prepares to lead his band on stage at Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville on St. Patrick's Day. The band will perform tomorrow at the Central Carolina Highland Games at Central Children's Home in Oxford.

Brian Wells, right, pipe major of An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, prepares to lead his band on stage at Yacht Club Beverage House in Youngsville on St. Patrick's Day. The band will perform tomorrow at the Central Carolina Highland Games at Central Children's Home in Oxford.
Central Children's Home in Oxford.

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OXFORD — With proper Scottish weather predicted for tomorrow — mild, cloudy and mercifully minus the cold rain that plagued some performers back on St. Patrick’s Day — it would appear that perfect conditions are in order for the first ever Central North Carolina Highland Games & Sheaf Championship. 
The inaugural event — organized by former professional Highland Games athlete Buck Buchanan — will both be hosted by and benefit Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, located at 211 W Antioch Road. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the campus will be transformed into a festive, Braveheart-like atmosphere featuring the competitive games — played by some 40 athletes from North Carolina and beyond — along with An Gorta Mor Pipes and Drums, dancers, food and drinks. 
An Air Force veteran, Buchanan himself competed in global Highland Games for 18 years.
As a result of the pandemic and inflation, home life has been very difficult for many, Buchanan said during an interview at Lumpy’s Ice Cream, the Wake Forest shop he’s owned for 11 years. 
“I care about these kids,” he said. As a long-time member of a motorcycle club, Buchanan has organized rides to raise money for both the Masonic and Central Children’s Home for years. But now as a board member of Central Children’s for the past two years, he wanted to do more. 
“God says we need to take care of widows and orphans,” said Buchanan, a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Wake Forest. “We wanted to come together and organize a games that benefits the home and makes their lives better.” 
By ‘we,’ Buchanan refers to select sponsors he asked to contribute, including The Forks, Over the Falls, Hendricks Auto, Johnston Hyundai of Cary, and the tourism board of Granville County. 
“They did not hesitate,” Buchanan said. “My goal is to get as many people out (to the games) to learn about the home, what they do and why they need help.” 
With a fundraising goal of $10,000, everyone involved is chipping in. “People are being really generous,” he said.   
Thought to be the oldest Black orphanage in the country, Buchanan said it is not what it should be. 
“It breaks my heart,” he said. “It should be a palace.”
As for the central feature of the day-long event, to which admission is $20 — with all proceeds going to Central Children’s Home — Buchanan said, “We have an unbelievable class of professional athletes coming out to participate.” 
Local athletes include Josh Colon of Oxford and Thor Gylfason of Raleigh.
With five classes of athletes rotating through the games all day, the competitive events include: the stone, a 28- and 56-pound throw for distance; the Scottish heavy hammer, a 22 1/2-pound throw for distance; the caber toss, toting and flipping a 20-foot freshly cut tree; and the sheaf toss, using a pitchfork to toss a burlap sack stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar. 
“Records will be broken,” Buchanan said. 

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