TWIN FALLS • Twin Falls was the location of a new world record May 3 at the fifth annual Highland Games and Diversity Faire at the College of Southern Idaho.
Lee Fugal of Utah broke the Scottish Highland Games world record in the senior master category (age 50 and older) when he threw a 16 pound sheaf bag 28-feet and 9-inches. Joseph Lemoine, the event organizer and advisor for the Highland Culture Club, said the Scottish Masters Athletics International’s website already shows the updated record and he recently received an email confirming the record.
The sheaf toss uses a hay fork to toss a 16 to 20 pound sheaf, or burlap bag full of twine, for height. The highest toss wins.
The previous record was 28-feet and 6-inches.
“It’s actually a pretty big deal in the Scottish Games world. That record was held for 10 years. There is a pretty substantial senior group. It doesn’t happen very often,” Lemoine said. “I usually attend 15 Scottish Highland games a year in the west and they go on all over the world. If you have a record that lasts 10 years, that’s saying something.”
Prior to the games in Twin Falls, Fugal had hit that same height, but it didn’t count.
He was able to do that in Utah last month, but they were not prepared for a record attempt and didn’t have a legitimate method of weighing the bag to confirm the record, Lemoine said April 28.
“We in the Scottish Highland Games family are all excited for Lee Fugal setting a new record. ...I'm indeed pleased that he was able to set the record at our games at our college makes it some really special,” Lemoine said.