The McPherson Scottish Festival
Lakeside Park Park
© Lydia Lowe 2013
I had a chance to attend the Scottish Festival this weekend and it was lots of fun. This is the 20th year for this gathering and if you haven't been, you need to check it out. There is so much to see and do, unique foods to try, amazing gifts to buy, demonstrations to watch, and music at every turn.
|and Scottie dogs|
At one of the highland game areas, I saw a fella who was helping participants get ready to compete and he had a shirt on proclaiming that he was not in fact the "Dancing Chad" but he did know him. I was never able to solve this mystery of the Dancing Chad nor was I able to locate him. Perhaps next year.
And it wouldn't be a Scottish Festival without highland dancers and bagpipe bands.
I got a chance to sit in on the bagpipe competition. Both competing bands were excellent. This competition was a nationally judged competition. As I watched both seemingly flawless performances, I began to wonder how does a person judge a competition like this. So I interviewed one of the judges at the end of the competition to find out.
Bagpipe bands weren't the only music to be had at the festival. There was music everywhere. Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga were just one of the groups performing at this years event.