Rainy games still attract big crowd


Aedan Conway practices his bagpipes before performing in front of a judge.

Joan Robertson plays the fiddle.

Sheep are herded by Dot the border collie to the far end of the field.

Charlotte the border collie hers the sheep into the pen at the command of handler James Valley.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Kaylee Reddington and Eleanor Truckel compete in the Highland dance competition.

Justin Kaye spins before he throws the box weight.

Mike Keenen, Kike Fearing, Max Keller, Scott Nethery, and Kevin Ruth practice together before they perform.

Adam Brezina rejoices after throwing the box weight for distance.

Karen and Bruce Campbell, first time attendees of the Ohio Scottish games, pose for a picture.

Jeremy Gillingham lifts the caber off the ground as he prepares to toss it.

Judge Alex duncan pulls the towel from under the caber as Chris Chafin lifts it.

James Watson poses with his British bike.

Jessica and Jennifer Craig sit under their tent to stay dry.

Grace Beck dances in the Highland dance competition.

Shaun Schuetz, Ashley Holt and Raegan Dishman practice before they compete.

Lauren Kolenko bows after she finshes her dance.

Colin Tate tunes Erin Dawson’s bagpipes.

Amber Tussing plays her bagpipes for a judge.

The sounds of drums and bagpipes drowned out the pitter patter of the rain Saturday during the 38th Annual Ohio Scottish Game and Celtic Festival at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

Events such as the opening ceremony and caber toss were delayed because of the rain, which also made for dangerous conditions during athletic events.

Attendees didn’t seem bothered by the wetness, though.

Bruce and Karen Campbell have traveled to Grandfather Mountain North Carolina and Stone Mountain in Georgia to attend Scottish games events. This is their first time attending the Ohio Scottish Games. Bruce said the only thing the rain did was delay their start time.

“Everything got pushed back to later so it didn’t matter anyways,” he said.

The two came to see a band called Mother Grove, which they first saw perform at Grandfather Mountain in 2007.

“They’re a fantastic group,” he said. “They play really good music.”

Bruce said they also enjoy wandering around and watching the athletic games.

The couple said they were enjoying their time in Wellington and planned on coming back next year.

Lois Kelly has been attending the games in Wellington for three years and said she’s follows them to places such as Mayville, N.Y.

Kelly’s daughter, Lisa Bonds, said the rain almost kept her away, but she knows the games go on rain or shine.

“I almost didn’t come because I said, ‘I am not trumping around in the rain today,’ but it’s time to be with the family and it’s just fun to be here,” Bonds said. “We brought the umbrellas and prepared for it and it actually hasn’t been too bad.”

This was Bonds’ second year attending the games.

Kelly and Bonds come for the food, the atmosphere, and the bagpipes.

“We really look forward to coming here and we enjoy it,” Kelly said.

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