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Kilts and caber tosses at Scottish Games


WELLINGTON — Watch burly Scottish strongmen perform feats of wonder, enjoy Highland dancing and hear the sounds of bagpipe bands at the Ohio Scottish Games today and Saturday.
Men in kilts, lilting Celtic music, Scottish food and crafts, solo piping and drumming and the famous caber toss — throwing a huge log resembling a telephone pole — are just some of the attractions at the games held at the Lorain County Fairgrounds
“You can buy a kilt, purchase replicas of ancient weapons or speak to a genealogist,” said Cathy Gilchrist, spokeswoman for the games. “More than 40 clans will be represented. ... There is something going on every minute.”
There will food vendors offering treats ranging from crispy fish and chips to meat pies, craft and retail vendors, a living history troupe and animals, including border collies herding sheep and ducks.
 British cars and motorcycles will be displayed, and the children’s games offer lots of family fun.
 Traditional Scottish competitions include highland dancing, harping, fiddling and heavy athletics.
 World-famous musicians will perform, including Alasdair Gillies, who has 17 years experience as a piper and is pipe major with the Queen’s own Highlanders; The Brigadoons, who have played for Queen Elizabeth II; Needfire, which features high-energy modern rock and traditional Scottish and Irish music; Searson, described as “a cross between The Cranberries and Shania Twain,” and Colin Grant-Adams, described as “a spirited spokesman of a vigorous Scots tradition that is unabashed in its expression of patriotism.”
 This is the 30th year for the games, which used to be held at Oberlin College.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245   or 

Lorain County Fairgrounds

Noon — Heavy Athletics Competition; no admission fee
6 to 8 p.m. — Highland Choreography Competition; no admission fee 
7:30 and 9 p.m. — Highland Concert at 7:30 p.m. and Ceilidh at 9 p.m.; $10 admission to Lorain County Fairgrounds grandstand. The concert features Scottish balladeer Colin Grant-Adams, winner of the Highland Choreography Competition and Ohio Scottish Arts School students of pipes and drums. The Ceilidh entertainment is The Brigadoons.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for those 5 and younger. Parking is free.
Entertainment includes Colin Grant-Adams and the Brigadoons, Needfire and Searson
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