YOU would want to be spot-on when you chucked haggis across Scottish highland rivers a thousand years ago.
As the old tale goes, wives would lug haggis to their husbands working on the land, throwing it over a river to them.
If they missed, their husbands would either go without or, if it hit another bloke, it meant you’ve got the hots for someone else.
The stakes aren’t quite as high at Beechworth’s own haggis chuck tomorrow.
Really, the worst that you could do is accidentally spray a bit of guts at the thousand or so people watching.
The annual Highland Games at the Amulet Vineyard is on again and the haggis chuck would hardly be as strenuous as the strongmen competition.
Two Olympic athletes compete against other professional strongmen to find out, well, who the strongest man is.
Events including shot-putting a 30-kilogram stone, tossing a wooden pole called a caber, which is almost six metres long and weighs 60 kilograms.
If you’re not buggered after that, there’s also throwing a 25-kilogram weight over a high bar, lifting up to 175 kilograms onto wine barrels over and over again and carrying a 94-kilogram stone in one hand and 116 kilograms in the other and walking as far as you can.
Amulet winemaker Ben Clifton clearly remembers the 2011 champion Luke Reynolds carrying the stones more than 12 metres.
“Luke Reynolds is coming back to defend his title from two years ago and he’s only a small man, 195 centimetres and 145 kilograms, but I think Scott Martin (Olympic shot-putter) could give him a run for his money being an Olympian, but we’ve always got James Graham who returned from the world championships in Scotland,” Mr Clifton said.
The haggis is not only for chucking, the delicacy is served by many food vendors along with other cuisines for the those with more sensitive palates.
“It’s a great family day,” Mr Clifton said.
For more information, phone Amulet Vineyard on (03) 5727 0420.