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Games, pipers, food and spirits highlight Scottish festival

For the wee ones, there are several activities including a chance to partake in a medieval fantasy defending castles against dragons and evil knights.

Other activities featured include a sheep dog competition, the bonniest knees contest, Celtic canine capers and exhibits by Scottish clans and societies.

In past years, massed bands performed only once at the conclusion of the festival. This year they will perform twice each day at noon and near closing.

"There is nothing quite like it," Gordon said. "One lone piper on the formation's right begins playing "Amazing Grace." Then from the right, each column joins in until every piper is playing as one. Then the drums begin and finally another lone piper on the left finishes. It's a crescendo of music that never fails to bring tears to people's eyes."

As always, vendors selling anything and everything Scottish will set up shop during the festivities. Visitors may browse among an enormous assortment of merchandise including kilts, sweaters, woolens, T-shirts, Celtic jewelry, and much more.

And of course there will be plenty of Scottish and American food and drink.

If all of this makes you want to go to Scotland, take notice. Raffle tickets to win a trip for two to Scotland will be on sale at the games. Also, the runner up in the raffle wins a trip for two to any Southwest Airlines destination.

"For the price of admission a family can't go wrong," Gordon said. "Everything is close together. Nothing is far from you, and something is always going on."

Tickets to the games are $15 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Advanced tickets may be purchased at a reduced price at most Price Choppers.

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