Bagpipes, kilts, border collies coming to town

The 38th Annual Ohio Scottish Games and Celtic Festival is coming Friday and Saturday to the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

The festival kicks off Friday evening with a Ceilidh, or party, which includes a barbecue dinner, traditional music, and Highland dancers.

Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to watch or participate in the Scottish games.

Margaret McCullough, games president, said there are shot put, harp, fiddle, Highland dance, and bagpipe and drums competitions.

“The purpose is to continue the Scottish arts, to introduce people to the Scottish arts, and to raise funds for the Ohio Scottish Arts School that is held the week following the games,” she said.

The school week begins Sunday and continues through Friday, July 3 at Oberlin College, where people of all ages from all over the U.S. learn and practice the arts.

“We bring teachers over from Scotland and we have some world-renowned teachers,” McCullough said. “The students can practice and improve on harp and bagpipes and fiddle and dancing.”

Funds raised at the games also go toward scholarships.

Other highlights of the two-day festival include a border collie herding demonstration, a display of British motorcars and motorcycles, Highland cattle, and several Celtic bands.

“There’s an awful lot to see,” McCullough said. “You kind of have to keep moving to see it all but it’s a pretty packed day for everybody.”

She is proud of being able to continue the event for 38 years and is hopeful interest and attendance will continue to grow.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.