Ligonier Highland Games return
Every September the sounds of bagpipes returns to the Ligonier Valley for the annual gathering of the clans and all things Scottish at the Ligonier Highland Games.
This year's Scottish fair opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at Idlewild Park and SoakZone.
Scottish pipe band musicians will also be performing at several free events around the Diamond throughout the weekend.
A professional piping contest will be conducted 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Ligonier Valley High School. Admission is free.
Bagpiper Terry Greene will be strolling around the Ligonier Country Market grounds Saturday morning.
Greene started piping at a young age and has won several piping competition medals. He is a member of the Laurel Highlanders Pipe Band. He recently focused his art and skill on Scottish- and Irish-style fiddling. Using his knowledge of piping, he has transposed several tunes for the fiddle.
The Seton Hill University Pipe Band will participate in a Scottish worship service beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Following the service the band will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond bandstand. The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Covenant Presbyterian Church will sponsor the concert under the direction of Josh Dobbin pipe major and A. G. Lee business manager.
This concert is free to the public. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Town Hall auditorium.
The Scottish Fair at the park will feature massed bagpipe bands on parade at noon Saturday. Throughout the day there will be performances by highland dancers, a Scottish dog exhibit, a Scottish military re-enactor show, a Celtic Harp competition and children's games.
Traditional heavy athletic events include tossing the caber, the hammer throw and sheaf tossing.
A Ceilidh dinner will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Greenburg Hotel and Conference Center.
Highland games tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for children ages 9 to 15 and free for ages 5 and under. For more information, go to www.ligonierhighlandgames.org.
Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or email@example.com.