Best Place to Watch Virile Kilted Men - 2002
St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
Anyone who's suffered a steamy St. Louis August day waiting in the interminable potato-pancake line at the St. Louis Strassenfest or melted into a pool of sweat trying to focus on any one of a dozen outdoor activities can appreciate the sensibility of these noble Scots. Not only did they time it right -- early October is St. Louis' finest moment -- but they've managed to orchestrate a mighty fine party in Forest Park. Check out the world's oldest he-man contest -- tossing the caber, that telephone-pole-like object that's chucked a remarkable distance by virile kilted Scots -- and the whisky-tasting tent. Or, on the Friday night before, celebrate like big dogs with an authentic ceilidh (pronounced "Lynyrd Skynyrd") -- a Scottish party of song and dance -- where it's guaranteed that the Groundskeeper Willies of St. Louis -- and the ladies who love them -- will throw down.