Real men wear kilts -- at least when they're competing in the Scotch-Irish heavy athletics.
"We try to all wear kilts," said Scott Medlin, who is organizing this year's athletic event for Clover's Scotch-Irish festival to be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clover Memorial Stadium.
But when you're throwing big sticks and stones, few will try tossing any insults.
While it's a fun sport, it does require you to be tough, he said.
"You got to be able to take some of the punishment with it," Medlin said. "You think about 56-pounds when you're spinning. It's more like 300 or 400 pounds by the time you torque it around."
Having an athletic background helps, but having fun is the most important part.
"Some people will try it that don't have an athletic background," Medlin said. "They get hooked. They don't do well, but they still love it."
Clover's 12th annual Feis Chlobhair celebrates Clover's sister city relationship with Larne, Northern Ireland, and is sponsored by the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and the town of Clover. Aside from the heavy athletics, sheep dogs will show off their ability to herd sheep and dancers will demonstrate historic steps.
Feis Chlobhair is unique, said Carla Pendleton, festival organizer.
"There are some other Scottish games. Ours is the only Scotch-Irish one," she said.
The festival usually draws hundreds of people from across the Southeast, she said.
"I'd say probably 60 percent are from the immediate area and 40 percent are from all over North and South Carolina," she said.
Along with these regularly scheduled events, the town is also hosting a rugby competition, and Gale Warning, a Charlotte band, will perform.
"They play a mix of traditional Scottish and Irish Folk music with popular American music too," Pendleton said.