Bagpipes will echo, kilts will sway, and dancers will leap at the pageant of Scottish culture, heritage, and tradition known at the Scottish Clan Gathering and Highland Games, Nov. 8-10 in Salado.
Guests can revel in Celtic cuisine, caber tossing, world-class dancing and as many as 100 bagpipers parading at the 52nd Annual Gathering at the Salado Civic Center at 601 N. Main Street.
Texas oldest Scottish gathering kicks off with a torch-lit ceremony atop the ruins of Salado’s College Hill at 6p.m. Nov. 9, followed by a 7 p.m. Welcome Social in the Central Texas Area Museum’s Hall of the Clans, at 423 S. Main Street.
Events begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 10. Guests who pay the entry fee at the Civic Center grounds can delve into Scottish ancestry and heritage with clan society representatives, tap their toes to lively folk performances, or wind amongst the many vendors and artisans selling Scottish goods.
While the grounds open at 9 a.m., a formal Festival Opening Parade begins at noon, featuring the massed pipe bands and clan society representatives carrying tartan banners.
They can also watch the athletic competition on Nov. 10 with men ages 18 to 39 competing in the Open category, men over 40 making up the Masters class, and all adult women in their own category completing the same events. Athletic events include putting the stone, tossing the Scottish hammer, tossing weights for distance, as well as for height, and tossing of the caber. Athletic competition begins at 10 a.m. and runs continuously through the day.
More events on the grounds include the Highland Dance competition. The highly athletic dance contests will feature continuous performances of the Highland Fling, Scottish Hornpipe, Sword Dance, Sean Triubhas and the Lilt. Many past Salado competitors have been world champions.
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