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The annual Portland Highland Games takes place at Mt. Hood Community College.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - The highland heavy athletics are Scottish games that take place during the Portland Highland Games event.People didn't need to travel far to experience the Scottish culture today. For Gresham locals, Scotland was right in their backyard.

Every year, the Portland Highland Games brings thousands of people to Mt. Hood Community College for an eclectic Scottish experience. From athletic competitions like the Portland stone where competitors see how far they can toss the 96-pound stone, to dancers and bagpipers, people travel hundreds of miles — or even a few blocks — to be a part of this event.

Sarra Anderson, Chris Cunningham and their son, Finnegan Anderson-Cunningham, 2, are of Scottish decent and love attending the highland games.

"We come every year," said Sarra, of Battleground, Wash.

The couple has gone the last four years, and will carry on the tradition in the future. Their son, newer to the highland games, sported a shirt that read "Pants Optional," with a blue patterned kilt to show off his roots.

These are three people of about 8,000 who enjoyed the highland games on July 15.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Finnegan Anderson-Cunningham, 2, shows off his Scottish kilt.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Competitors toss a heavy stone to see how far it can go.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Jim McClean wears traditional Scottish attire to represent Clan MacLean.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Scottish music plays throughout the Portland Highland Games event.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - The crowd applauds the bagpipers and other musicians at the annual Scottish event.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Scottish dancers compete in judged competitions.

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