Last weekend’s Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, scored a new attendance record for the venue. In the 22nd year of the Games at Pleasanton, the fairgrounds management estimated the crowds were close to 50,000 over Labor Day Weekend. The surge at the gate can be credited to the fact that this was the 150th consecutive year that the Games has been conducted by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco, and the appearance of Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, the Icelander who plays the part of “The Mountain” on HBO’s popular “Game of Thrones." In addition, those attending were treated to living history, highland dancing, country dancing, pipe bands and entertainment (Photos - Doug Jorgensen).

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