On Saturday my family attended the Scottish Highland Games at Fair Hill, Maryland. We attend every year if we can. I thought I'd share with you some of the sights. Locally, we call the games the "Celtic Festival" because it really goes beyond Scotland and celebrates all things Celtic. So I tied on a piece of St. David's plaid (the Welsh national tartan), grabbed my camera, and enjoyed a great day in the sun. (You can click on the photos for full sized shots.)
Things to be Found at the Highland Games:
Celts in kilts.
(We're looking for volunteers to tell these guys that kilts are for sissies.)
Natural redheads and natural curls.
Heather and thistle.
Just about anything in your family tartan.
Bagpipers, of course.
About thirty different pipe and drum bands competed for prizes. Individual pipers were judged as well.
At mid-day all the pipe and drum bands gather in the field in formation. Hundreds of pipes play at the same time and the sound is indescribably glorious.
Sheep and sheep dogs.
And the products of their wool.
Girls with ribbons in their hair.
And all sorts of accessories for the manly Celt or Celt wanna be.
I think this guy was the winner this year and last.
This is my favorite picture. This man sports: a baseball cap, designer sunglasses, a tee shirt, a suede leather kilt, the wife's purse and the kid's stroller slung over the shoulder and a glass of Robert the Bruce beer in hand.
A true Renaissance man.
These are my all-around favorite guys.
By the way, when I said to favorite guy #2, "This is such a nice picture, but you just couldn't resist the devil horns, could you?" he looked offended.
"They're bunny ears," he said.