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The Family Tree - August/September 2003
Mad Max needs your old Kilts!

Mad Max and the Kids

There are people who have never been to a Highland Games or Scottish Festival.  There are people who attend their local games each and every year.  There are even people who try to attend several different games whenever they can.  In the South-East of the United States there is at least one person who seems to be a permanent fixture at numerous games and festivals.  Mad Max McDougald is one of those special people who stand out anywhere they are.  If you have been to any of the games that he is at, you will surely remember him.  He is the gravely voiced, dark haired and bewhiskered, bear of a man in Viking garb, complete with horned helm, who is constantly surrounded by large groups of enthralled children.  Max runs the children's sporting events at several Scottish games. 

One of the most endearing sights of any games is that of Max struggling under the combined weight of over a dozen children, all trying to wrestle him to the ground at the same time.  Not only do the children come away with a new found knowledge of ancient sporting events, but with big dose of self confidence and a simple understanding of common courtesy and respect for others.  A highlight for most of the children, is being allowed to participate in the rough and tumble events while in Highland dress, which Max supplies and maintains.  Max dedicates so much time and effort to these activities, that he was recently commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for his efforts, in addition to having received several awards from various groups over the years.  However, while thankful for the recognition he has received, the only award Max strives for is the smile on "his kids" faces as they learn something new.  What higher reward is there, than the thanks of a child on the road to being a better person?

Max has now branched out into the field of bigger kids and grown-ups.  His classes in Highland or "Cumberland" wrestling are a big hit everywhere they are offered.  Max has a problem though, while he has several wee kilts for the bairns, he is severely lacking when it comes to the bigger folks.  So Mad Max, who is known for always being there for anybody that needs him, is now in need himself.  If anyone has an old kilt that they no longer can or would wear, Max would like to have them.  He needs kilts to dress the would be athletes in.  So, no matter how old, worn, or stained they might be, Mad Max would be grateful if you could see fit to send them to him.  He will maintain and transport them to the different games he attends and loan them to his students and the amateur athletes.  If you have an old kilt, you can donate it to Max at any of these games:

Loch Norman Highland Games, Huntersville, NC - Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games, Gatlinburg, TN - Glasgow Highland Games, Glasgow, KY - Columbia Tartan Fest, Columbia, SC - Taste of Scotland, Franklin, NC - Appalachian Highland Games, Martins Creek, NC - Waxhaw Highland Games, Waxhaw, NC - Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Linville,  NC - Triad Highland Games, Archdale, NC - Stone Mountain Highland Games, Atlanta, GA - Foothills Highland Games, Tryon, NC

or by shipping them to this address:

N. "Mad Max" McDougald, III
310 Grants Creek Road
Salisbury, NC 28147

I am sure that those of you who know Max, and hopefully those who don't, will eagerly take advantage of this opportunity to finally be able do something for this selfless individual.  Max is also in the process of setting up a non-profit corporation to oversee his athletic endeavors and give a tax advantage to those who wish to help in other ways.

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